The Last Empress

The Last Empress

Audiobook CD - 2007
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Late 19th-century China is a tumultuous land beset by warring enemies--both from beyond its borders and within the fabled walls of the Forbidden City. When her son and adopted son each succumb to early deaths, Orchid reluctantly assumes greater power. While foreign nations like Japan, Russia, France, and England fight for their share of the Chinese spoils, Orchid sees her nation divide into opposing factions. Struggling against sexism and insurgence, only she can keep China from tearing itself apart.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2007
ISBN: 9781428142411
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (15 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: O'Karma, Alexandra


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Jan 26, 2014

The end of this book was very exciting, hearing in dramatized fiction how last empress of China Cixi governed China while foreign powers were at China's doorstep wanting control of Chinese territory. She realized that the rest of the world with science and engineering was passing China by while China's emperors were being schooled in classic literature, knowing nothing of the external world. Brought into the Imperial Court as a concubine, Cixi was the ultimate self-educated woman.


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