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Decadence Mandchoue free pdf Published now for the first time, the controversial memoir of Sinologist Sir Edmund Backhouse, Decadence Mandchoue, provides a unique and shocking glimpse into the hidden world of China's imperial palace with its rampant corruption, grand conspiracies and uninhibited sexuality. Backhouse was made notorious by Hugh Trevor-Roper's 1976 bestseller Hermit of Peking, which accused Backhouse of fraudulence and forgery. This work, written shortly before the author's death in 1943, was dismissed by Trevor-Roper as nothing more than a pornographic noveletteA" and lay for decades forgotten and unpublished in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. Yet even the most incredible tales deserve at least a second opinion. This edition, created using a combination of the three original manuscripts held by the Bodleian, has been comprehensively annotated, fully translated and features an introduction by editor Derek Sandhaus, urging a reappraisal of Backhouse's legacy. Alternately shocking and lyrical, Decadence Mandchoue is the masterwork of a linguistic genius- a tremendous literary achievement and a sensational account of the inner workings of the Manchu dynasty in the years before its collapse in 1911. If true, Backhouse's chronicle completely reshapes contemporary historians' understanding of the era, and provides an account of the Empress Dowager and her inner circle that can only be described as intimate.

About Edmund Backhouse

Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse (1873-1944), Baronet, arrived in Peking in 1898 and quickly became the city's most respected translator, working for both the British Foreign Service and correspondent of the London Times George Morrison. He was co-author, with J.O.P. Bland, of China under the Empress Dowager (1910) and Annals and Memoirs of the Court of Peking (1914). Considered a brilliant linguist and Chinese scholar in his day, and the subject of great controversy in the time since, Backhouse's reputation was posthumously tarnished when it was discovered that much of his work was based upon forged documents. His precise role in the alleged deceptions remains one of the great puzzles of Chinese scholarship. Derek Sandhaus is chief editor of Earnshaw Books, and the author of Tales of Old Peking (2009) and Tales of Old Hong Kong (2010). He lives in Shanghai.

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Author : Edmund Backhouse
Publisher : Earnshaw Books Limited
Data Published : 07 April 2011
ISBN : 9881944511
EAN : 9789881944511
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 336 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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