Twilight in the Forbidden City PDF Book by Reginald Fleming Johnston PDF ePub

Twilight in the Forbidden City

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3.98141 votes • 14 reviews
Published 05 Sep 2007
Twilight in the Forbidden City.pdf
Format Paperback
Pages484
Edition17
Publisher Xiaomina
ISBN 1843560208
ISBN139781843560203
Languageeng



As part of China's 2008 Olympic welcome to visitors Xiaomina Press, presents this book about the last emperor of China. This book is essential reading for all visitors to China The Author Sir Reginald Fleming Johnston was a Scottish diplomat and the tutor of Puyi, the last emperor of China. Johnston was eye witness Chinese events in the crucial years of the 1920s and 1930s. Johnston was the only foreigner in history to be allowed inside the inner court of the Qing Dynasty. The author carried high imperial titles and lived in both the Forbidden City and the New Summer Palace. In 1934, Johnston looked for a residence in Scotland to retire to. He found a house on Eilean Righ, a small island in Loch Craignish, some 9 miles (15 km) NW of Lochgilphead. He moved there with his enormous library, which included a Chinese Encylopaedia in 1734 volumes and a complete collection of Buddhist scriptures in 1500 volumes. Twilight in the Forbidden City is very much a history of an entire period and not an exclusive portrait of the last Emperor of China. Twilight in the Forbidden City is prefaced by the Emperor Hsuan-T'ung himself in the year 1931 Chosen by Dowager Empress Cixi while on her deathbed, Puyi ascended the throne at age 2 years 10 months in December 1908 following his uncle's death on November 14. Puyi's introduction to emperorship began when palace officials arrived at his family household to take him. Puyi screamed and resisted as the officials ordered the eunuchs to pick him up. His wet-nurse, Wen-Chao Wang, was the only one who could console him, and therefore accompanied Puyi to the Forbidden City. Puyi would not see his real mother again for six years. Puyi's upbringing was hardly conducive to the raising of a healthy, well-balanced child. Overnight, he was treated as a god and unable to behave as a child. The adults in his life, save his wet-nurse Mrs. Wang, were all strangers, remote, distant, and unable to discipline him. Wherever he went, grown men would kneel to the floor in a ritual kow-tow, averting their eyes until he passed.

Twilight in the Forbidden City Reviews

Shin
- Japan
5
Sun, 08 Jan 2017

I have read this book when I was 15 years old. I could know about forbidden city and this twisted world. Author was teacher of emperor Pu-Yi, so he wrote his experiences in detail. But in Japanese translation, publisher twisted origin, so I recommend to read by English.

Curt
- Redmond, WA
0
Mon, 15 Aug 2011

A fairly difficult read for me. I wish I had a better understanding of the people and events of the day. I also wish the book would be republished with proper pinyin (with tones) for all names instead of whatever system he used. I can't figure out how to pronounce most proper nouns, which drives me nuts. There are so many people that I wish there were a quick reference list of who's who, and maybe some background on each. I guess that's what you get form a first person account.
There are some really interesting stories, such as someone cutting out a chunk of their own flesh from their leg to use as medicine for someone else.

Arbet
- Caloocan, B4, Philippines
4
Sat, 03 Oct 2015

A rather illuminating look at the imperial court, but I think Johnston's view of Pu Yi was rather too positive. But he was proven correct that Pu Yi's unideal youth and unhealthy surrounding ultimately had a negative effect.
The book is also a good look at the failure of republicanism in China, and put Sun Yat Sen in a rather bad light. I need another view, though, just to balance things.

Cameron
- Jakarta, 04, Indonesia
3
Wed, 27 Jul 2011

Far better than I expected from a stuffy, Scottish nobleman.

Y
- Brussels, 11, Belgium
4
Fri, 16 Feb 2018

她可以摒弃所有的皇室成员,任命一个摄政委员会,该委员会由5个人组成,两个满族人(但不能有皇族),其余的三人是汉人。这5个人需要极高的才干和极开明的态度,这样一来,摄政委员会中的汉人超过了满人,将可以堵住孙逸仙等人的反满口实。百年过后再读此书,百味呈杂。悠悠我大清,泣涕湿襟裳。嗟乎哉!

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