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History of Imperial China #6: China's Last Empire: The Great Qing

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In a brisk revisionist history, William Rowe challenges the standard narrative of Qing China as a decadent, inward-looking state that failed to keep pace with the modern West.

The Great Qing was the second major Chinese empire ruled by foreigners. Three strong Manchu emperors worked diligently to secure an alliance with the conquered Ming gentry, though many of their social edicts—especially the requirement that ethnic Han men wear queues—were fiercely resisted. As advocates of a “universal” empire, Qing rulers also achieved an enormous expansion of the Chinese realm over the course of three centuries, including the conquest and incorporation of Turkic and Tibetan peoples in the west, vast migration into the southwest, and the colonization of Taiwan.

Despite this geographic range and the accompanying social and economic complexity, the Qing ideal of “small government” worked well when outside threats were minimal. But the nineteenth-century Opium Wars forced China to become a player in a predatory international contest involving Western powers, while the devastating uprisings of the Taiping and Boxer rebellions signaled an urgent need for internal reform. Comprehensive state-mandated changes during the early twentieth century were not enough to hold back the nationalist tide of 1911, but they provided a new foundation for the Republican and Communist states that would follow.

This original, thought-provoking history of China’s last empire is a must-read for understanding the challenges facing China today.

About the Author

William T. Rowe is John and Diane Cooke Professor of Chinese History at Johns Hopkins University.Timothy Brook is Professor of History and Republic of China Chair at the University of British Columbia.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  1. Conquest
  2. Governance
  3. High Qing
  4. Society
  5. Commerce
  6. Crises
  7. Rebellion
  8. Restoration
  9. Imperialism
  10. Revolution
  • Conclusion
  • Emperors and Dynasties
  • Pronunciation Guide
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674036123
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Subject:
China - History - Qing dynasty, 1644-1912
Editor:
Brook, Timothy
Author:
Brook, Timothy
Author:
Rowe, William T.
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
World History - China
Subject:
China
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
History of Imperial China
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
October 2009
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 halftones, 5 maps
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Asia » China » General
History and Social Science » Asia » China » Imperial to 1911
History and Social Science » World History » China
History and Social Science » World History » General

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