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Tutor to the Dragon Emperor : the life of Sir Reginald Fleming Johnston at the court of the last emperor of China
Lamont-Brown, Raymond, 1939-
Publication Information:
Thrupp, Stroud, Gloucestershire [England] : Sutton, 1999.
Physical Description:
xiii, 176 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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DS773.23.J6 L36 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In 1919, Reginald Fleming Johnston became tutor to the last emperor of China. This was the beginning of an extraordinary friendship which ultimately lead to mutual betrayal: Johnston's writings about their relationship unwittingly condemned Pu Yi as a willing tool of the Japanese during World War II; while the emperor, facing possible execution for war crimes, effectively called his former tutor a liar and his book a fabrication.

Author Notes

Raymond Lamont-Brown is a writer and broadcaster, who also lectures in the Departments of Continuing Education at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews. He has written some fifty books since 1965, covering mainly historical subjects. Among his most recent publications are Kempeitai: Japan's Dreaded Military Police (Sutton, 1998) and Edward VII's Last Loves: Alice Keppel and Agnes Keyser (Sutton, 1998).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Chronology of the main events in the lives of Reginald Fleming Johnston and Emperor Pu Yip. ix
China on the Succession of Pu Yi, 14 November 1908p. xiii
Introduction: Empire of the Son of Heavenp. 1
1 Early Life: Edinburgh to Hong Kongp. 14
2 The Young Cadet: Boxers, Bandits and Bible-thumpersp. 24
3 Imperial Pupil: Entrance of the Son of Heavenp. 50
4 Imperial Tutor: Secrets of the Purple Palacep. 67
5 The Restless Dragon: Marriage and Flightp. 85
6 The Scottish Mandarin: Succour from the Rising Sunp. 103
7 Twilight in Britain: the Reluctant Donp. 123
8 Dragon at Bay: Dead Witness for the Prosecutionp. 134
Epilogue: To the Heavens Dragon Bornep. 146
Glossaryp. 152
Family Treesp. 157
Notesp. 159
Bibliographyp. 169
Indexp. 172