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Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

Audio from Jung Chang’s talk at Chalke Valley History Festival on Saturday, 28th June 2014.

In this talk, best-selling author of Wild Swans, Jung Chang gave a panoramic depiction of the birth of modern china and an intimate portrait of the most important woman in Chinese history. One of the emperor’s concubines, she launched a palace coup to become the Empress Dowager Cixi, the absolute ruler of a third of the world’s population who overcame huge obstacles to bring a medieval empire into the modern age.