(Empress Xiaoqinxian)

  • Born: November 29, 1835
  • Died: November 15, 1908
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Empress Xiaoqinxian, of the Manchu Bordered Yellow Banner Yehe Nara clan, personal name Xingzhen, was a consort of the Xianfeng Emperor. She was four years his junior.

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Decree of Self-Reproach Miscellaneous
Do you know, I have often thought that I am the cleverest woman who ever lived and that others cannot compare with me. Although I have heard much about Queen Victoria . . . still I don't think her life is half as interesting and eventful as mine. Now look at me, I have 400 million people all dependent on my judgment. Management & Managing Government
Fight these hateful enemies. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
I command that all foreigners, men, women, and children, be summarily executed. Let not one escape, so that my empire may be purged of this noisome source of corruption, and that peace may be restored to my loyal subjects. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Looking back upon the memories of the last 50 years. I perceive how calamities from within and aggression from without have come upon us in relentless succession, and that my life had never engaged a moment's respite from anxiety. Miscellaneous
Making China strong is the only way to ensure that foreign countries will not start a conflict with us … of look down on us. States. Nations & Nationhood
Never should the word peace fall from the mouths of our highest officials. . . . With such a country as ours, with her vast areas . . . her immense natural resources, and her hundreds of millions of inhabitants, if all would prove their loyalty to their emperor and love of their country, what indeed is there to fear from any strong invader? Let us not think of making peace, nor rely solely upon diplomatic maneuvers. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Now they have started the aggression, and the extinction of our nation is imminent. If we just fold our arms and yield to them, I would have no face to see our ancestors after death. If we must perish, why not fight to the death? Defense & National Security
Slay all foreigners wheresoever you find them; even though they be prepared to leave your province, yet they must be slain Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The foreigners are like fish in the stew pan. For 40 years have I lain on brushwood and eaten bitterness because of them Foreign Trade

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