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The Empress and Mrs. Conger: The Uncommon Friendship of Two Women and Two Worlds

Grant Hayter-Menzies


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, this book traces 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.

Keywords: imperial China, American Midwest, siege, Beijing foreign legations, Boxer Uprising, Empress Dowager Cixi, Sarah Pike Conger

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9789888083008
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083008.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Grant Hayter-Menzies, author