The Last Manchu

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The Last Manchu

The Last Manchu

The Autobiography of Henry Pu Yi, Last Emperor of China

  • Author: Henry Pu Yi
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1626367256
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 352
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In 1908 at the age of two, Henry Pu Yi ascended to become the last emperor of the centuries-old Manchu dynasty. After revolutionaries forced Pu Yi to abdicate in 1911, the young emperor lived for thirteen years in Peking’s Forbidden City, but with none of the power his birth afforded him. The remainder of Pu Yi’s life was lived out in a topsy-turvy fashion: fleeing from a Chinese warlord, becoming head of a Japanese puppet state, being confined to a Russian prison in Siberia, and enduring taxing labor. The Last Manchu is a unique, enthralling record of China’s most turbulent, dramatic years.

Bertolucci's The Last Emperor

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Bertolucci's The Last Emperor

Bertolucci's The Last Emperor

Multiple Takes

  • Author: Lynda K. Bundtzen,John K. Fairbank,Fatmah Tobing Rony,Estelle Shane,Morton Shane,T. Jefferson Kline,Vittorio Storaro,Robert Zaller
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • ISBN: 9780814327005
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 272
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In this anthology, filmmakers, psychoanalysts, film scholars, and cultural historians use a psychoanalytic approach to examine Bernardo Bertolucci's epic film The Last Emperor (I988). Evolving out of a conference on Bertolucci's work,the essays interweave psychological, political, and cinematic themes in The Last Emperor as well as in much of Bertolucci's other works. This volume includes a foreword by Bernardo Bertolucci and is organized into four parts or "takes," including "Filmcraft," "Psychoanalysis," "Film Scholarship," and "Cultural History." Although we can never fully know the real Aisingioro Pu Yi, Bertolucci used his vision of the intricate relationship between art, ideology, and the psychic experience to tell the story of one ordinary man's extraordinary life. Bertolucci's The Last Emperor hopes to illuminate this complex and often enigmatic creation as well as renew an excitement about the possibilities of interdisciplinary criticism in film studies.

Two Centuries of Manchu Women Poets

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Two Centuries of Manchu Women Poets

Two Centuries of Manchu Women Poets

An Anthology

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • ISBN: 029599987X
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 328
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This anthology presents substantial selections from the work of twenty Manchu women poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The poems, inspired by their daily life and reflections, provide fascinating insights into the experiences and emotions of these women, most of whom belonged to the elite families of Manchu society. Each selection is accompanied by biographical material that illuminates the life stories of the poets. The volume’s introduction describes the printing history of the collections from which these poems are drawn, the authors’ practice of poetry writing, ethnic and gender issues, and comparisons with the poetry of women in South China and of male authors of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911).

In Manchuria

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In Manchuria

In Manchuria

A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China

  • Author: Michael Meyer
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 1620402874
  • Category: History
  • Page: 384
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In the tradition of In Patagonia and Great Plains, Michael Meyer's In Manchuria is a scintillating combination of memoir, contemporary reporting, and historical research, presenting a unique profile of China's legendary northeast territory. For three years, Meyer rented a home in the rice-farming community of Wasteland, hometown to his wife's family. Their personal saga mirrors the tremendous change most of rural China is undergoing, in the form of a privately held rice company that has built new roads, introduced organic farming, and constructed high-rise apartments into which farmers can move in exchange for their land rights. Once a commune, Wasteland is now a company town, a phenomenon happening across China that Meyer documents for the first time; indeed, not since Pearl Buck wrote The Good Earth has anyone brought rural China to life as Meyer has here. Amplifying the story of family and Wasteland, Meyer takes us on a journey across Manchuria's past, a history that explains much about contemporary China--from the fall of the last emperor to Japanese occupation and Communist victory. Through vivid local characters, Meyer illuminates the remnants of the imperial Willow Palisade, Russian and Japanese colonial cities and railways, and the POW camp into which a young American sergeant parachuted to free survivors of the Bataan Death March. In Manchuria is a rich and original chronicle of contemporary China and its people.

The Last Empress

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The Last Empress

The Last Empress

The She-Dragon of China

  • Author: Keith Laidler
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 0470864265
  • Category: History
  • Page: 316
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In 1851, a sixteen-year-old girl named Yehonala entered the Imperial Palace of China as a concubine third grade, leaving behind her family, the love of her life, and nearly all contact with the outside world. She emerged as Tsu Hsi, Dowager Empress of China and one of the most powerful autocrats in history. A fascinating tale of love, betrayal, murder, intrigue, and survival, The Last Empress offers remarkable insight into life behind the closed doors of the forbidden city.

Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview [4 volumes]

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Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview [4 volumes]

Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview [4 volumes]

A Global Historical Overview

  • Author: Guntram H. Herb,David H. Kaplan
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 1851099085
  • Category: History
  • Page: 1863
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A comprehensive and revealing compilation of essays analyzing the varied dimensions of national identities and nationalisms across world regions and through time. • Over 150 contributors—distinguished international scholars from a wide range of disciplines • Over 100 country essays covering all major world regions from the origins of modern nationalism in the 18th century to the present • Over 40 thematic essays that frame the country studies with discussions of different contexts and central issues in the development of nations and nationalism • Hundreds of photographs and illustrations portraying important persons, monuments, places and artifacts •Over 60 historical and modern maps to help orient the reader • A general index offering access to the entries by different topics, places, and persons

Japan’s Colonialism and Indonesia

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Japan’s Colonialism and Indonesia

Japan’s Colonialism and Indonesia

  • Author: Muhammad Abdul Aziz
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9401192332
  • Category: History
  • Page: 264
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The rise and fall of the Japanese empire constitutes one of the most dramatic episodes of modern history. Within the short span of fifty years Japan grew out of political backwardness into a position of tremendous power. Japan's rise to power challenged Europe's hegemony over Asia, but, paradoxically, it was Japan's fall that caused the irreparable ruin of the colonial system over Eastern lands. Japan went to war against the West under the battlecry of Asia's liberation from European colonialism. In reality, for forty years, beginning with her first war against China, she had striven to imitate this colonialism, as she had endeavoured to imitate the political, military and economic achievements of Europe. A thorough understanding of the imitative character of the Japanese Empire might well have induced the leaders of the nation to side with the conservative trend of political thought in the Western world in order to maintain the existing world-wide political system of which colonial rule was an accepted part. They might have understood that an adventurous, revolutionary policy was bound to result in grave dangers for their own state and most conservative structure. Japan might have continued to grow and to expand if she had succeeded to play the role of the legitimate heir to Europe's decaying power in Asia. By violently opposing that power, she undermined the very foun dations of her own rule outside the home-islands.

The A to Z of World War II

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The A to Z of World War II

The A to Z of World War II

The War Against Japan

  • Author: Anne Sharp Wells
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press
  • ISBN: 0810870266
  • Category: History
  • Page: 494
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The A to Z of World War II: The War Against Japan traces the brutal conflict from Japan's seizure of Chinese territory in 1931, through the onset of war with the Western Allies in 1941, to the use of atomic weapons by the United States in 1945. It also addresses the aftermath of the war, including the formation of the United Nations and the American occupation of Japan. As the first of two volumes covering World War II, this volume concentrates on the war in Asia and the Pacific so the user benefits from the comprehensive explanations of the people, places, and events that shaped much of that region's 20th-century history.