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Twilight in the Forbidden City

Twilight in the Forbidden City


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - East and South-East Asian History

  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108029650

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  • British academic and diplomat Reginald Fleming Johnston (1874–1938) published Twilight in the Forbidden City in 1934. The work is a memoir of Johnston's time in Beijing between 1919 and 1924, at the court of the Qing Dynasty, where he served as tutor to Aisin-Gioro Puyi (1906–1967), last emperor of China. Johnston was one of only two foreigners who were permitted to enter the imperial palace, and so his account provides a unique Western perspective on the epochal events of the period. The work has a preface by the emperor Puyi and includes detailed descriptions of palace rituals, including Puyi's wedding ceremony; translations of key documents; Johnston's perspective on the revolution of 1911 and the 1917 restoration; his observations on Chinese society as a whole; and eye-witness accounts of the political intrigues of the palace. The memoir was dramatised in Bernardo Bertolucci's cinematic masterpiece, The Last Emperor.

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    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108029650
    • length: 572 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 36 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Reform Movement of 1898
    2. The collapse of the Reform Movement
    3. Reaction and the Boxer Movement, 1898–1901
    4. The last years of Kuang-Hsü, 1901–1908
    5. The Empress-Dowager, T`zǔ-Hsi
    6. The Revolution, 1911
    7. The 'Articles of Favourable Treatment' of the Manchu Imperial House
    8. The Ta Ch`ing and the Hung Hsien Emperors
    9. Change Hsün and the Restoration of 1917
    10. Autobiography of the Old Man of the Pine-Tree (translated from the Chinese)
    11. The Forbidden City, 1919–1924
    12. The Imperial tutors
    13. The Manchu court in twilight
    14. The Imperial Household Department (Nei Wu Fu)
    15. The dragon unfledged
    16. Monarchist hopes and dreams
    17. The dragon restless
    18. The dragon flaps his wings
    19. Dragon and phoenix
    20. Plots and stratagems
    21. The Imperial garden
    22. The summer palace
    23. The Fifth of November
    24. The dragon caged
    25. The flight of the dragon
    Epilogue: the dragon goes home
    Pedigree of the Manchu Emperors

  • Author

    Reginald F. Johnston

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