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The Empress and Mrs. CongerThe Uncommon Friendship of Two Women and Two Worlds$
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Grant Hayter-Menzies

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083008

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083008.001.0001

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Gathering storm

Gathering storm

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(p.89) 9 Gathering storm
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The Empress and Mrs. Conger
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Grant Hayter-Menzies

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083008.003.0061

While she had not protested Guangxu's reforms until discovering that they came at the price of sweeping her out, Cixi's response was that of a woman fighting for her life on the one hand and fighting for imperial China's life on the other. Though she had quashed the Guangxu emperor's reforms when she executed his associates who desired her removal, she had not been able to stop the juggernaut of change. The aftermath of the Hundred Days of Reform flew not in the face of the emperor, hidden away in disillusionment and depression, but in her own. This chapter describes her response to this storm and her actions over the next eighteen months.

Keywords:   Guangxu, reforms, Cixi, imperial China, Hundred Days of Reform

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