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  • Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China | Jung Chang

    Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jung Chang
    • Narrated By Jolene Kim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Performance
    (139)
    Story
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    At the age of 16, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor's numerous concubines. When he died in 1861, their five-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a palace coup against the regents appointed by her husband and made herself the real ruler of China - behind the throne, literally, with a silk screen separating her from her officials who were all male.

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