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  Royalty.nu - Chinese History - Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi or Cixi
The dowager empress certainly seems to have had a high opinion of her own intelligence and importance; a member of her court, Princess Der Ling, who wrote a book called Two Years in the Forbidden City, quoted Tzu Hsi as saying, "I have often thought that I am the most clever woman that ever lived...
The new emperor, Kuang Hsu, was skinny, sickly, and terrified of the Empress Dowager.
With the Empress Dowager of China by Katherine A. Carl.
www.royalty.nu /Asia/China/TzuHsi.html   (3042 words)

  Empress Dowager Cixi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
She was privileged to become empress dowager only because she was the biological mother of Emperor Tongzhi.
Concubine Dowager Kangci was the highest ranking surviving concubine of the late emperor Daoguang, and so she was the woman with the highest status inside the Forbidden City.
Empress Dowager Ci'an died suddenly on April 8, 1881, during an audience at the court.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Empress_Dowager_Cixi   (3767 words)

 Empress Dowager - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Empress Dowager (Chinese, Korean and Japanese: 皇太后; Chinese pinyin Húang Tài Hòu, Korean pronunciation: Hwang Tae Hu, Japanese pronunciation: Kōtaigō) was title given to the mother of a Chinese emperor.
Numerous empress dowagers held regency during the reign of an underage emperor.
Many of the most prominent empress dowagers also extended their control for long periods after the emperor was old enough to govern.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Empress_Dowager   (152 words)

 Learn more about Empress Dowager Cixi in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Empress Dowager Tzu-hsi, or in pinyin Cixi (November 29, 1835 - November 15, 1908) was a powerful and charismatic figure who was the de facto ruler of Ch'ing (Qing) China in the late 19th and early 20th century.
She did her best to cope with the difficulties of the era but her conservative attitudes did not serve her well and the Western powers continued to take advantage of the country's relatively low level of technological development.
A widow of the Xianfeng Emperor, she was regent for most of the period from 1861 until her death, sharing power with the Dowager Empress Cian until the latter's death in 1881.
www.onlineencyclopedia.org /e/em/empress_dowager_cixi.html   (323 words)

 Ben Wu | Samples | An Ivory Chopstick
Muckerhaus left that evening with a fan painted by the Empress Dowager, and Rose left with the satchel and a burning passion that the dancing had awakened.
The Empress Dowager was enthroned upon a massive ebony chair and surrounded by ladies-in-waiting.
After the Empress Dowager’s death, the Muckerhauses left the imperial city with heavy hearts and settled in a drab Shanghai apartment.
www.ben-wu.com /samples_book_AnIvoryChopstick.htm   (199 words)

 Dowager Empress
The empress dowager, who is now practically the Empress of China, was not a slave-girl in her childhood, as was commonly reported by newspaper correspondents.
Chinese officers declare that the empress dowager disapproved of "Boxerism;" that her wishes were overruled by the Boxer leaders, and that her edicts during the rebellion were garbled.
It placed the dowager empress in a more favorable light in the estimation of the Western world, and gave her an excuse for breaking down the wall of seclusion that kept the Manchu and Chinese ladies of princely birth from associating with foreign ladies.
nacrp.cic.sfu.ca /nacrp/articles/dowempress.htm   (3409 words)

However, the empress still was not totally free to rule, for her son's favorite concubine was pregnant and if she delivered a boy, the boy would be the new emperor and his mother dowager empress.
This book is an extremely useful source when studying the dowager empress because it portrays her in a positive light.
Vare is successful in writing this primarily because she does not attempt to judge whether the actions of the empress were good or bad.
departments.kings.edu /womens_history/tzuhsi.html   (2124 words)

 ipedia.com: Empress Dowager Cixi Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Empress Dowager Cíx; or Tz'u-hsi, also sometimes referred to as The Holy Mother and Venerable Buddha by her subjects.
Empress Dowager Cíxǐ; or Tz'u-hsi (慈禧), also sometimes referred to as The Holy Mother (聖母皇太后) and Venerable Buddha (老佛爺) by her subjects.
As The Holy Mother Empress Dowager, along with Xianfeng's Empress, Empress Dowager Ci'an, she was able to gain the title of co-regent in 1863 and remained so for most of the period from 1861 until her death in 1908
www.ipedia.com /empress_dowager_cixi.html   (463 words)

 Empress He - Comprehensive Romance of the Three Kingdoms Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Empresses and concubines were not spared from punishment, but were often able to buy their way out of danger.
Empress He and He Jin had the same father, who died before his children’s’ rise to rank, but was posthumously titled General of Chariots and Cavalry, and Marquis of Wuyang.
Empress He immediately told He Jin about what happened in the court, and a memorial was drafted to have the Empress-Dowager exiled from the capital and returned to her place of birth.
www.kongming.net /novel/kma/empresshe.php   (2140 words)

Empress Dowager He was accused of the murder of Empress Dowager Dong and ordered to move to the Yongle Palace, outside the main palace complex.
She had been Empress Wu Zetian's trusted aide prior to her enthronement, and for several decades the destiny of the Tang Empire was in the hands of these two exceptional women.
After the death of Empress Wu Zetian, the court of the reinstalled emperor Zhongzong was controlled by the clan of his wife, Empress We, her daughter Princess Anle and Wu Sansi, a relative of late Empress Wu Zetian.
www.guide2womenleaders.com /China_Heads.htm   (3884 words)

 Pandoras Box
She was Crown Princess from 1924 to 1926, Empress from 1925 to 1989, and Empress Dowager from 1989 to 2000.
Empress Nagako could barely manage the fact that the new royal was a commoner; the second break from centuries of tradition was the last straw.
The Empress didn’t always adapt well to the changes – and she definitely was a martinet – but she was also one of the best examples of the multi-layered, dichotomous undercurrents running through the Imperial Family, their situation, the conflict with the past, and their uneasy adjustment to their modern, post-war life.
www.etoile.co.uk /Columns/PandorasBox/041207.html   (3356 words)

The empress Tzu Hsi was one of the strongest personalities of the later 19th century.
The empress failed to realize that the Europeans were fundamentally different from the neighboring tribes or pirates of the past; she had not the capacity to acquire a general grasp of the realities of world politics.
The Dowager, already 73, apparently had great confidence in her longevity and delaying tactics; but a serious illness hit her in less than three months and ended her life on November 15, 1908.
faculty.rmwc.edu /fwebb/buck/sdevans/Empress_Tzu_Hsi.html   (648 words)

 The Summer Palace
It is said that in an effort to curry favour with the Dowager Empress Cixi, her brother in law, after being appointed head of the navy, used money earmarked for new warships to build her a New Summer Palace.
The Empress Dowager was thrilled by her present.
The Empress Dowager, who abhorred all challenges to her position, moved her administration to the new Summer Palace in 1889.
www.kinabaloo.com /sp2.html   (646 words)

 Pacific University - Tzu-Hsi, The Dragon Empress of China
The empress dowager exerted great power over the Chinese empire and influenced the political structure in ways it had never been influenced before, making many great reforms that she believed would help the Chinese people.
The vivid depiction of the Empress Dowager gives intimate details of Tzi-his’s life, her personality and the motivations that drove her to propose the reforms and ideas that she did.
The Empress Dowager was doing what she thought was best, and although her decisions did not necessarily result in the best of circumstances for China, she was a very influential figure regardless.
mcel.pacificu.edu /as/students/tzuhsi/lastempress.html   (943 words)

 Japan Policy & Politics: 2ND LD: Empress Dowager Nagako has difficulty breathing
Empress Dowager Nagako, widow of Emperor Hirohito, has been having difficulty breathing since late Wednesday night and is being given oxygen treatment at her residence, the Imperial Household Agency said Thursday.
Kenzo Kato, chief physician of the empress dowager's household, diagnosed the empress dowager's condition as "not light" Thursday afternoon, Iseki said.
The empress dowager took oxygen nasally through a tube on and off, but has had the tube inserted constantly since Thursday afternoon, according to the agency.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0XPQ/is_2000_June_19/ai_62835984   (354 words)

 East Asian History Sourcebook: Isaac Taylor Headland: Court Life in China: The Capital, Its Officials and People
Although the Empress Dowager was but a child of ten at this time she would receive her first impression of the foreigner, which was that he was a pirate who had come to carry away their wealth, to filch from them their land, and to overrun their country.
It is unfortunate that the Empress Dowager should have died before this reform had been carried to a successful culmination, but whatever may be the result of the movement the fact and the credit of its initiation will ever belong to her.
The Empress Dowager had set her heart upon this union, and she would not allow her plans to be frustrated, so an edict was issued that all people should remain within their homes on a certain night, for the bride was to be taken in her red chair from her father's home to the palace.
www.fordham.edu /halsall/eastasia/headland-courtlife.html   (17710 words)

If a son were to be born to this concubine, she would become the next empress, and Cixi would lose most of her power, including the title of the dowager empress.
Soon after he was appointed, his mother (Cixi’s sister), as well as the dowager empress of the east palace, died; so Cixi was in total control until Kuang turned seventeen.
Despite all of this, she was the last dowager empress, and many had accepted her opinions and actions.
faculty.rmwc.edu /fwebb/buck/jlstrohacker/Cixi_full.html   (1263 words)

 The Boxer Rebellion
Now, as a new century was about to begin, Tsu Hsi, empress dowager of the Ch'ing Dynasty, searched for a way to rid her empire of foreign parasites.
So while the empress was hoping to close China to foreigners, Americans were looking for a way in.
From inside the Forbidden City, the empress told the diplomats that her troops would soon crush the "rebellion." Meanwhile, she did nothing as the Boxers entered the capital.
www.smplanet.com /imperialism/fists.html   (1033 words)

 SPCNET.TV - Fake Empress Dowager in DOMD: improbable?
She posed as the Empress Dowager for many years, while hiding the real Empress Dowager alive for those many years too, without being discovered.
Okay, the part of posing as the Empress Dowager might not be too hard to believe, but how about that part of hiding the real one alive, and I cannot emphasize more that she did it for many years.
The fake Empress Dowager could always kill the unlucky discoverers, and being the boss in the palace no one would probably dare to find out what happened to the missing discoverers.
www.spcnet.tv /forums/printthread.php?t=7737   (385 words)

 Empress Dowager Cixi - Chinese Culture
The title, "empress dowager", was given to the mother of a Chinese Emperor.
Since she was just the concubine to the Emperor, her and the Emperor's primary wife, Cian, both served as Empress Dowager, and ruled the land as regents.
Buck's image of Empress Dowager falls in line with the more traditional view of how ruthless she was and how filled her court had been with intrigue.
www.bellaonline.com /ArticlesP/art28654.asp   (829 words)

 Tzu Hsi | Dowager Empress of China | Boxer Rebellion | Questia.com Online Library
China under the Empress Dowager: Being the History of the Life and Times of Tzu Hsi, Comp.
...emperor, while Empress Lu now dowager empress came into her own as his regent...relatives would be only the first of the consort families that would make a bid for the...
Empress Dowager appointed a commission headed by Tai Hung-Tzu and Tuan Fang, to which she attached her own nephew, the...Han dynasty, about the beginning of our era; the...
www.questia.com /library/history/tzu-hsi.jsp   (528 words)

 Japan's Dowager Empress Dead At 97 - CBS News
(CBS) Japan's Dowager Empress Nagako, the widow of Emperor Hirohito, is dead at the age of 97.
Well-wishers flocked to the palace in central Tokyo to pray for her, even though she was a remote figure who was rarely seen in public after the death of her husband in 1989.
Japanese television played footage of the Dowager Empress' life, showing images from her youth, the dark days of World War Two and her travels with her husband around the world after he gave up his divinity following Japan's World War II defeat.
uttm.com /stories/2000/06/16/world/main206551.shtml   (799 words)

 Alexander Palace Time Machine - Romanov and Russian History
Rescue of the Imperial family from Yalta 1919
Letter from Dowager Empress Marie in exile to Nicholas II
God in All Things - the Religious Beliefs of Russia's Last Empress
www.alexanderpalace.org /palace   (407 words)

 Nagako, Dowager Empress --  Encyclopædia Britannica
The dynasty itself had fallen into the hands of the empress dowager Tz'u-hsi, who dominated the central government for the rest of the Ch'ing period.
Both a schemer and an archconservative, the empress dowager considerably delayed China's modernization.
Known in the West as the empress dowager, Tz'u-hsi dominated the political life of China for nearly 50 years.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9344009   (683 words)

 Empress Dowager Cixi   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Originally named Xiao Lan (Little Orchid), Empress Dowager Cixi was born to a noble family in South China in the year 1835.
Empress Dowager Cixi died in the Forbidden City at the age of 73.
Empress Dowager Cixi lived a luxurious and decadent life in the palace.
www.travelchinaguide.com /intro/history/known/cixi.htm   (338 words)

 Empress Dowager Lu - Chinese Culture
Empress Dowager Lu There are many powerful, and feared, women in China's history.
Empress Dowager Lu was perhaps one of the first with her behind-the-scene control over the Imperial throne for sixteen years.
When Emperor Gaozu died not long after, Lu's son became Emperor Hui and she the Empress Dowager.
www.bellaonline.com /ArticlesP/art29952.asp   (439 words)

 Empress Dowager Cixi   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The Empress Dowager Cixi (1835 - 1908) brought destruction to the Qing Dynasty, the last feudal dynasty in the long history of China.
Written with remarkable charm and verve, this book is a delightful exploration of the history of her extraordinary life and long reign, relating both historical facts and apochryphal anecdotes about her private affairs.
How did she climb from the bottom rung of the ladder as an ordinary ambitious girl to the top rung of power as an empress dowager?
www.algora.com /Cixi.htm   (200 words)

 The Empress Dowager (DVD)
Empress Dowager Cixi ruled over China for about a half a century.
The story of the Empress Dowager and the laster Emperor have been the subject of dozens of film Director Li Han Hsiang visited the topic numerous times, particularly with three high-profile films including 1975's The Empress Dowager which starred Ti Lung and Lisa Lu in the title role.
Li's 1989 version of The Empress Dowager starring Liu Xiao Qing and Gong Li remains the most recent notable screen adaptation of the Empress's life.
store.edaymovie.com /emdod.html   (246 words)

 Court Life In China
Chapter 3 III The Empress Dowager--As a Ruler
Chapter 18 XVIII The Funeral Ceremonies of a Dowager Princess ([5] Taken from Mrs.
Chapter 21 XXI The Death of Kuang Hsü and the Empress Dowager
etext.lib.virginia.edu /toc/modeng/public/HeaCour.html   (168 words)

 The Dowager Empress Cixi, Tzu Hsi   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
This painting was painted by Hubert Vos, the Dutch American painter, whose painting was presented to Empress Cixi at her seventy-first birthday.
"Dowager Empress." This is an English title given to her by the European and American press over 100 years ago.
Her Chinese name may be rendered, or translated in two different ways.
www.chinapage.com /biography/cixi.html   (162 words)

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