The Dowager Empress Cixi

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Empress Dowager Cixi  (1835–1908), popularly known in China as the West Dowager Empress, was a powerful and charismatic figure who became the de facto ruler of the Manchu Qing Dynasty, ruling for 48 years from her husband's death in 1861 to her own death in 1908.

From the Manchu Yehe Nara Clan Cixi was a minor concubine of the emperor Xianfeng (Hsien-feng) when she became mother of his only son, Tongzhi (T'ung-chih), in 1856.

Soon after Xianfeng died in 1861, Cixi along with the senior wife Ci'an (Tz'u-an) became regents for the boy.

With the late emperor's brother Gong Qinwang providing key leadership as counselor, the two Dowager Empresses ruled until 1873 when Tongzhi came of age.

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The Dowager Empress Cixi

Empress Dowager Cixi  (1835–1908), popularly known in China as the West Dowager Empress, was a powerful and charismatic figure who became the de facto ruler of the Manchu Qing Dynasty, ruling for 48 years from her husband's death in 1861 to her own death in 1908.

From the Manchu Yehe Nara Clan Cixi was a minor concubine of the emperor Xianfeng (Hsien-feng) when she became mother of his only son, Tongzhi (T'ung-chih), in 1856.

Soon after Xianfeng died in 1861, Cixi along with the senior wife Ci'an (Tz'u-an) became regents for the boy.

With the late emperor's brother Gong Qinwang providing key leadership as counselor, the two Dowager Empresses ruled until 1873 when Tongzhi came of age.

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