The Empress and Mrs. Conger

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-06-01
  • Publisher: Hong Kong Univ Pr
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This is the story of two women from worlds that could not seem farther apart--imperial China and the American Midwest--who found common ground before and after one of the greatest clashes between East and West, the fifty-five day siege of the Beijing foreign legations known as the Boxer Uprising. Using diaries, letters and other sources,The Empress and Mrs. Congertraces the parallel lives of Empress Dowager Cixi and American ambassador's wife Sarah Pike Conger, which converged to alter their perspectives of each other and each other's worlds.Grant Hayter-Menziesis the author ofImperial Masquerade: The Legend of Princess Der Lingand the biographer of stage and screen stars Charlotte Greenwood and Billie Burke."Sarah Conger's story is worth telling for many reasons. She occupied a point in time that makes her interesting, but the author demonstrates that she is interesting in her own right-a flawed and fascinating individual whose story we want to read not for what we learn about Chinese history, but for what we learn about a woman profoundly typical of her era and class leading a life of determination in the belief that the right combination of positive attitudes and common sense must win out over adversity." - Timothy Brook, University of British Columbia

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Eagle and Dragonp. 5
Farmer's daughterp. 7
Mother of Chinap. 17
High wallsp. 27
Chinese Christiansp. 39
Daws in peacock's feathersp. 51
Imperial audiencep. 59
Christmas in Beijingp. 67
Unlocking the gatesp. 77
Gathering stormp. 89
Battle in Beijingp. 101
Shadow Boxersp. 103
Siegep. 127
Survivalp. 149
Saving Facep. 179
Lootp. 181
Reconciliationp. 201
Sisterhoodp. 221
Portrait of a womanp. 231
Forbidden citiesp. 249
Letters to Chinap. 263
Notesp. 279
Bibliographyp. 305
Indexp. 317
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