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Language: English
Page: 496
Publication Date: 01/2010
ISBN: 9787119007724
Publisher: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press
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From Emperor to Citien is the autobiography of Pu Yi, the man who was the last emperor of China. A unique memoir of the first half of the 20th century as seen through the eyes of one born to be an absolute monarch, the book begins with the author's vivid account of the last, decadent days of the Ching Dynasty,and closes with an introspective self-portrait of the last Ching emperor transformed into a retiring scholar and citizen of the People's Republic of China.

In detailing the events of the fifty years between his ascension to the throne and the final period of his life as a quiet-living resident of Beijing, Pu Yi reveals himself to be first and foremost a survivor, caught up in the torrent of global power struggles and world conflict that played itself out on the Asian continent through many decades of violence and upheaval.

This firsthand description of the dramatic events of Pu Yi's life was the basis for the intemationally acclaimed 1987 Bemardo Bertolucci film The Last Emperor which was named Best Picture of the Year by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. From Emperor to Citizen readily lends itself to cinematic adaptation as a personal narrative of continuously significant and revea-ling episodes.

Becoming emperor and then forced to abdicate with the establishment of the Republic of China in 1911, all before he is seven continues to live in Forbidden City for another decade still treated as the Son of Heaven by the moribund Ching court, but in reality a virtual prisoner, with little genuine human contact apart from his beloved nurse Mrs. Wang, his teacher Chen Pao-shen and his English tutor Reginald Johnston.
When at the age of nineteen Pu Yi is finally forced to vacate his isolated existence within the Forbidden City, he begins his long odyssey as the dependent of the occupying imperial Japanese regime, first in Tientsin, and eventually installed as "emperor" of the Japanese puppet state styled Manchukuo in China's northeast provinces. With the defeat of Japan and the end of the Second World War, Pu Yi faces a very uncertain future as he is shunted off to Russia for five years before returning to a new China transformed by revolution, where he is confined in the Fushun War Criminal Prison. Here he undergoes several years of rehabilitation, "learning how to become a human being," as he calls it, before receiving an official pardon and being allowed to finally live as an ordinary citizen of Beijing.
This autobiography is the culmination of a unique and remarkable life, told simply, directly and frankly by a man whose circumstances and experiences were like no other. 

Table of Contents
CHAPTER ONE MYFAMILY
 My Grandfather Prince Chun
 My Maternal Grandfather Jung Lu
 Tzu Hsi's Decision
 My Father's Regency
 A Prince's Household
CHAPTER TWO CHILDHOOD
 Accession and Abdication
 Living as an Emperor
 Mothers and Son
 Studying in the Yu Ching Palace
 Eunuchs
 My Nurse
CHAPTER THREE FROM THE FORBIDDEN CITY TO THE JAPANESE LEGATION
 The Yuan Shih-kai Period
 The Restoration of 1917
 The Chiettains of the Peiyang Clique
 Undying Hope
 Reginald Johnston
 My Wedding
 Internal Clashes
 The Dispersal of the Eunuchs
 ReorganizingtheHouseholdDepartment
 The Last Days in the Forbidden City
 In the Northern Mansion
 Decision at the Crossroads
CHAPTER FOUR TIENTSIN
 The Efforts of LoChen-yu
 My Relations with the Commanders of the Fengtien Clique
 Semionov and the"Second Chukeh Liang"
 The Affair of the Eastern Mausolea
 Consulate,Garrison and Black Dragon Society
 Life in the Temporary Palace
CHAPTER FIVE TO THE NORTHEAST
 The Unquiet Qyiet Garden
 Differences Among the Japanese
 Meeting Doihara
 The Secret Crossing of the PaiRiver
 Isolated
 Disappointment
 MeetingItagaki
CHAPTER SIX FOUR TEENYEARSOF
 "MANCHUKUO"
 The Puppet PlayBegins
 Majesty Without Power
 The Signing of the Secret Treaty and After
 The Report of the League of Nations Commission of Enquiry
 "Emperor"for the Third Time
 The End of Illusion
 Yoshioka Yasunori
 "ImperialRescripts'
 Home Life
 The Collapse
CHAPTERSEVENINTHESOVIETUNION
 Fear and Illusion
 Still Giving Myself Airs
 I Refuse to Admit My Guilt
CHAPTER EIGHTFROMFEARTORECOGNIZINGMY
CHAPTER NINE I ACCEPT REMOULDING
INDEX
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1 Customer Review(s):
by Winne on 2010-08-04 22:55:46
It's really a nice book, especially helpful for the people who are interested about the Qing Dynasty. Nice book!
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