The Last Manchu: The Autobiography of Henry Pu Yi, Last Emperor of China

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The Last Manchu: The Autobiography of Henry Pu Yi, Last Emperor of China by Henry Pu Yi

In 1908 at the age of two, Henry Pu Yi ascended to become the last emperor of the centuries-old Manchu dynasty. After revolutionaries forced Pu Yi to abdicate in 1911, the young emperor lived for thirteen years in Peking’s Forbidden City, but with none of the power his birth afforded him. The remainder of Pu Yi’s life was lived out in a topsy-turvy fashion: fleeing from a Chinese warlord, becoming head of a Japanese puppet state, being confined to a Russian prison in Siberia, and enduring taxing labor. The Last Manchu is a unique, enthralling record of China’s most turbulent, dramatic years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602397323
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,236,441
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Henry Pu Yi is more commonly known as “the last emperor.” He lived in Beijing, Manchuria, and Siberia before becoming an ordinary citizen of the People’s Republic of China. He died in 1967.

Paul Kramer (1915–2008) was a naval officer and a secret service agent. He acquired and edited Henry Pu Yi’s autobiography in 1965 after learning about it from Chinese American friends.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction xv

I My Childhood

1 Coronation and Abdication 3

2 Living as Emperor 12

3 "Mothers" and Son 23

4 My Wet Nurse 29

5 Eunuchs 34

6 Studying in the Yu Ching Palace 43

7 Reginald Johnston-My British Tutor 50

II My Youth

8 A Brief Restoration 61

9 My Wedding 76

10 Family Clashes 83

11 Dispersal of the Eunuchs 93

12 Reorganizing the Household Department 98

III My Exile

13 From the Forbidden City to the Legation Quarter 107

14 Tientsin 120

15 Mausoleums and the Japanese 126

16 Living in the Temporary Palace 133

17 The Unquiet "Quiet" Garden 141

18 Crossing the White River 146

IV My Fourteen-Year Restoration

19 Chief Executive of Manchukuo 161

20 Imperial Dreams 166

21 The Treaty 169

22 Emperor for the Third Time 173

23 Illusions Vanish 182

24 Yasunori Yoshioka-My Adviser 187

25 Majesty Without Power 191

26 Collapse 199

V My Captivity

27 Five Years in the Soviet Union 209

28 Back to Manchuria-A Prisoner 218

29 Isolated 228

30 Intensified Brainwashing 247

31 Self-Pity 266

32 Conditions Improve 273

33 A Special Pardon 288

VI My New Life

34 The Forbidden City-Revisited 295

Epilogue 305

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