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Book of the Week, Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China Episode guide

  1. Episode 5

    5/5 Cixi faces her greatest challenge as ruler, when anti-Western feeling leads to violence.

    First broadcast: 27 Sep 2013

  2. Episode 4

    4/5 A young ambitious reformist looks to topple Cixi from power, and a battle of wits ensues.

    First broadcast: 26 Sep 2013

  3. Episode 3

    3/5 Cixi adopts the three-year-old son of her sister and names him Emperor.

    First broadcast: 25 Sep 2013

  4. Episode 2

    2/5 Cixi forms an important political alliance and launches a palace coup.

    First broadcast: 24 Sep 2013

  5. Episode 1

    1/5 Jung Chang's biography of the woman who single-handedly dragged China into modernity.

    First broadcast: 23 Sep 2013

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