Biographies & Memoirs

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

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

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.

Preface

Introduction

Part I - MY CHILDHOOD

Chapter 1: Coronation and Abdication

Chapter 2: Living as Emperor

Chapter 3: ″Mothers″ and Son

Chapter 4: My Wet Nurse

Chapter 5: Eunuchs

Chapter 6: Studying in the Yu Ching Palace

Chapter 7: Reginald Johnston—My British Tutor

Part II - MY YOUTH

Chapter 8: A Brief Restoration

Chapter 9: My Wedding

Chapter 10: Family Clashes

Chapter 11: Dispersal of the Eunuchs

Chapter 12: Reorganizing the Household Department

Part III - MY EXILE

Chapter 13: From the Forbidden City to the Legation Quarter

Chapter 14: Tientsin

Chapter 15: Mausoleums and the Japanese

Chapter 16: Living in the Temporary Palace

Chapter 17: The Unquiet “Quiet” Garden

Chapter 18: Crossing the White River

Part IV - MY FOURTEEN-YEAR RESTORATION

Chapter 19: Chief Executive of Manchukuo

Chapter 20: Imperial Dreams

Chapter 21: The Treaty

Chapter 22: Emperor for the Third Time

Chapter 23: Illusions Vanish

Chapter 24: Yasunori Yoshioka—My Adviser

Chapter 25: Majesty. Without Powder

Chapter 26: Collapse

Part V - MY CAPTIVITY

Chapter 27: Five Years in the Soviet Union

Chapter 28: Back to Manchuria—A Prisoner

Chapter 29: Isolated

Chapter 30: Intensified Brainwashing

Chapter 31: Self-Pity

Chapter 32: Conditions Improve

Chapter 33: A Special Pardon

Part VI - MY NEW LIFE

Chapter 34: The Forbidden City—Revisited

Epilogue