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China's Empress Cixi

The concubine who became China's iron lady: EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI BY JUNG CHANG

tiny-librarian:  On September 21, 1898, Empress Dowager Cixi seized power and ended the Hundred Days’ Reform in China.

A tinted photograph of the Empress Dowager Cixi, Regent of the Qing Dynasty. Her portraits included a painting given to Teddy Roosevelt.

The Empress Dowager Cixi, China, Qing dynasty, 1903-1904. Glass plate negative. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, SCGR...

The Empress Dowager Cixi, China, Qing dynasty, Glass plate negative. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M.

The Soong sisters: Women of influence in 20th Century China  /  Their story is almost unbelievable.   Born into a wealthy family,  these 3 women participated in pivotal moments in Chinese history during the last century.  The Maoists summed them up succinctly - "One loved money, one loved power, one loved her country".

The sisters who changed Chinese history

The Famous Soong Sisters, who all married great men and played a part in Chinese history.

The official imperial portrait of Empress Dowager Cixi (Tzu Hsi) 慈禧太后 (29 Nov 1835 – 15 Nov 1908), of the Manchu Yehenara clan, one of the three wives of the Xianfeng emperor.  Cixi was a powerful and charismatic woman who effectively controlled the Chinese government for 47 years, from 1861 to her death in 1908.  This official portrait was painted in the latter years of her life.

Offical Portrait of the Empress Dowager Cixi; Image courtesy of the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.

MIT Visualizing Cultures: The Empress Dowager and the Camera. Photographing Cixi, 1903-1904, by David Hogge (interesting article with many pictures)

MIT Visualizing Cultures: The Empress Dowager and the Camera. Photographing Cixi, by David Hogge (interesting article with many pictures)

旗袍変容の諸説と限界 – モードの世紀

旗袍変容の諸説と限界 – モードの世紀

Le dernier empereur de Chine PuYi

Henry Pu Yi or Aixinjueluo Puyi (愛新覺羅·溥儀 - October was the last Emperor of China. He ascended to the throne in 1908 at the age of nearly 3 and was deposed in 1911 when the Qing dynasty fell.

The Fascinating Life of Empress Dowager Cixi (Exclusive)  - August 19, 2016 -  Few queens have life stories as interesting, dramatic and odd as that of the last empress of China—Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908).

The Fascinating Life of Empress Dowager Cixi (Exclusive) - August 2016 - Few queens have life stories as interesting, dramatic and odd as that of the last empress of China—Empress Dowager Cixi

Empress Dowager Cixi or Tzu-hsi / 慈禧太后 , of the Manchu Yehenara clan, was a powerful and charismatic woman who unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing Dynasty in China for 47 years, from 1861 to her death in 1908.

Empress Dowager Cixi or Tzu-hsi / 慈禧太后 , of the Manchu Yehenara clan, was a powerful and charismatic woman who unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing Dynasty in China for 47 years, from 1861 to her death in 1908

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