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Picture Gallery: The Dowager Empress Cixi

Empress Dowager Cixi, of the Manchu Yehenara clan, was a powerful and charismatic woman who unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing Dynasty in China for 47 years, from 1861 to her death in 1908.

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Empress Dowager Cixi or Tzu-hsi / 慈禧太后 , of the Manchu Yehenara clan, was a powerful and charismatic woman who unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing Dynasty in China for 47 years, from 1861 to her death in 1908.

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1903 photo of Empress Dowager Cixi and her attendants (Life, Sept. 23, 1966). This pin should take you to a bio written by one of Empress's ladies in waiting in 1911 ... it sounds quite interesting ... must read it myself!

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from NPR.org

Powerful Portraits Capture China's Empress Dowager

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The Empress Dowager Cixi; China, Qing dynasty, 1903-1904. From the 1860s until her death, the Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) was the dominant political figure of China's Qing dynasty (1644–1911), acting as regent to two successive emperors. During her reign, the Qing court came to be regarded as conservative, corrupt, and incompetent. The situation worsened after the Boxer Rebellion of 1900, when Cixi was accused of encouraging the killing of foreigners and Chinese Christians.

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Empress Cixi - China (1881) began as a minor concubine of the Chinese emperor, but became Dowager Empress when she gave birth to a royal heir. She is rumored to have murdered her son so that she could continue ruling China after he came of age. She supported the Boxer rebellion in 1899-1900.

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Empress Dowager Cixi of China(1835-1908). During the 19th century she was nothing less than the most powerful woman in all of Asia.

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