CHP-139-Sir Edmund Backhouse Part 3
In this episode we will conclude our CHP overview of the life of Sir Edmund Backhouse, 2nd Baronet. In this 3rd part of the series we’ll look at the last couple decades of Backhouse’s life. Backhouse remains in Beijing amidst all the turmoil going on during the Japanese invasion and the leadup to WWII. In his final years Backhouse will write a memoir that will engrave his name forever in the footnotes of Chinese history.
Hermit of Peking by Hugh Trevor-Roper
Décadence Mandchoue edited by Derek Sandhaus
also: The Incarnations, by Susan Barker
And a Great new podcast: Tom Tacken’s The First World War in 261 Weeks
TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE
Cixi 慈禧 The Empress Dowager Tzu Hsi
Li Lianying 李蓮英 Grand Eunuch during the reign of the Dowager Empress
Rong Lu 荣禄 Also known as Jung-lu, Cixi’s most trusted official, a major power in China.
Jing Shan 景善 a.k.a. Ching Shan, The court official whose diary Backhouse faked
Guangxu Emperor 光绪帝 The second to the last emperor of China
Jin Ping Mei 金瓶梅 Ming Dynasty novel written in the vernacular, known as The Plum in the Golden Vase or The Golden Lotus. Considered by many to be slightly pornographic in its content.
Shangdiao 上吊 To hang oneself
Mingshi 明史 The Ming History