China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia

China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia

by Peter C. Perdue
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674057430

ISBN-13: 9780674057432

Pub. Date: 09/30/2010

Publisher: Harvard

From about 1600 to 1800, the Qing empire of China expanded to unprecedented size. Through astute diplomacy, economic investment, and a series of ambitious military campaigns into the heart of Central Eurasia, the Manchu rulers defeated the Zunghar Mongols, and brought all of modern Xinjiang and Mongolia under their control, while gaining dominant influence in Tibet

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From about 1600 to 1800, the Qing empire of China expanded to unprecedented size. Through astute diplomacy, economic investment, and a series of ambitious military campaigns into the heart of Central Eurasia, the Manchu rulers defeated the Zunghar Mongols, and brought all of modern Xinjiang and Mongolia under their control, while gaining dominant influence in Tibet. The China we know is a product of these vast conquests.

Peter C. Perdue chronicles this little-known story of China's expansion into the northwestern frontier. Unlike previous Chinese dynasties, the Qing achieved lasting domination over the eastern half of the Eurasian continent. Rulers used forcible repression when faced with resistance, but also aimed to win over subject peoples by peaceful means. They invested heavily in the economic and administrative development of the frontier, promoted trade networks, and adapted ceremonies to the distinct regional cultures.

Perdue thus illuminates how China came to rule Central Eurasia and how it justifies that control, what holds the Chinese nation together, and how its relations with the Islamic world and Mongolia developed. He offers valuable comparisons to other colonial empires and discusses the legacy left by China's frontier expansion. The Beijing government today faces unrest on its frontiers from peoples who reject its autocratic rule. At the same time, China has launched an ambitious development program in its interior that in many ways echoes the old Qing policies.

China Marches West is a tour de force that will fundamentally alter the way we understand Central Eurasia.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674057432
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
09/30/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
752
Sales rank:
539,454
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1The formation of the central Eurasian states
1Environments, state building, and national identity15
2The Ming, Muscovy, and Siberia, 1400-160051
3Central Eurasian interactions and the rise of the Manchus, 1600-167094
Pt. 2Contending for power
4Manchus, Mongols, and Russians in conflict, 1670-1690133
5Eating snow : the end of Galdan, 1690-1697174
6Imperial overreach and Zunghar survival, 1700-1731209
7The final blows, 1734-1771256
Pt. 3The economic basis of empire
8Cannons and camelback : ecological structures and economic conjunctures303
9Land settlement and military colonies324
10Harvests and relief358
11Currency and commerce378
Pt. 4Fixing frontiers
12Moving through the land409
13Marking time : writing imperial history462
Pt. 5Legacies and implications
14Writing the national history of conquest497
15State building in Europe and Asia518
16Frontier expansion in the rise and fall of the Qing547
App. ARulers and reigns569
App. BThe Yongzheng emperor reels from the news of the disaster, 1731571
App. CHaggling at the border575
App. DGansu harvests and yields583
App. EClimate and harvests in the Northwest589

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