Shiwei CHEN

The Empress Dowager Cixi at court. Cixi, a consort of Emperor Xian Feng (reigned 1850–1861), was a powerful and manipulative force in Qing dynasty politics for nearly half a century. When her son, Xian Feng’s successor, died without an heir, Cixi named her three-year-old nephew Guang Xu (reigned 1875–1908) to the throne.

Through her regency Cixi held power over Qing dynasty political life for almost half a century. She supported officials

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By |2014-12-16T16:54:04-05:00January 23rd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Biography, Governance|Comments Off on Cixi Empress Dowager (Cíxǐ Tàihòu 慈禧太后)|Cíxǐ Tàihòu 慈禧太后 (Cixi Empress Dowager)

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