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Daws in peacock’s feathers

Grant Hayter-Menzies

in The Empress and Mrs. Conger

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083008
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207554 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083008.003.0016
Daws in peacock’s feathers

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This chapter discusses the implications of the decrees issued by the Guangxu emperor. With the increasing number of reforms implemented, anxiety, excitement, hope, and fear spurred on factions for and against those reforms. As these groups began to form, lines were drawn between the camps of the empress dowager and her nephew. This in turn focused long-held resentments on missionaries now stationed in villages and towns up and down eastern China, and it was the ominous news of troubles for the missionaries in one of these enclaves that, together with the clashes closer to Beijing, convinced Sarah on September 20 to join Edwin at the American legation, where he had gone to attend to business.

Keywords: Guangxu emperor; reforms; missionaries; eastern China; Beijing; American legation

Chapter.  2935 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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