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This book relates the history of the Manchus, the rise and fall of their vast empire and their legacy today.

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"Pamela Crossley's The Manchus is the book that those interested in China's last dynasty have always needed. Through her clear, erudite, and succinct presentation, we are led to understand the origins of Manchu social organization, the formation of a Manchu ethnicity, and the implementation of a specifically Manchu view of universal empire. We also see the loss of purpose and erosion of self-confidence that led to the dynasty's collapse in 1912." Jonathan Spence, Yale University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557865601
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/11/1997
  • Series: Peoples of Asia Series, #13
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Kyle Crossley's most recent study, A Translucent Mirror: History and Identity in Qing Imperial Ideology (1999) was awarded the Levenson Prize by the Association for Asian Studies. She is a past fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and presently is Professor of History at Dartmouth College (New Hampshire, USA).

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Maps
1 The Paradox of the Manchus 1
Ethnicity and Causation in the "Manchu" Dynasty 4
The Qing Empire as a Historical Idea 8
New Windows on Qing History 10
2 Shamans and "Clans": The Origins of the Manchus 14
Prelude to the Manchus 15
Distinctive Manchu Institutions 24
The Manchu Language and the Altaic Idea 33
The Ethnographer from Seoul: Sin Chung-il among the Jurchens 39
3 The Enigma of Nurgaci 47
The Myth of the Avenger 48
The Myth of Individual Supremacy 53
The Myth of the Great Enterprise 65
The Nurgaci State 71
4 The Qing Expansion 75
The Birth of the Empire 78
The Conquest Elite 81
Consolidation under the Kangxi Emperor 87
New Conquerors and Old: The Manchus and the Mongols 95
Titanic Competitors: The Qing and the Romanov Empires 101
World Trade and the Qing Court 104
5 The Gilded Age of Qianlong 109
The New Imperial Style 112
Tibet and Mongolia under Qing Dominion 117
The Formalization of the Manchu Heritage 122
Glory and Decay in the Universal Empire 130
The Fall of the Philosopher-King 137
6 The Lingering Death of the Empire 150
The Princes of Disorder 151
Opium and Foreign Privilege 154
The Taiping War and the End of the Qing Empire 157
Qing Territory and Hungry Empires 165
Illusions of Revival 169
The Pregnant Carcasses of the Eurasian Land Empires 177
7 Epilogue: The Manchus in the Twentieth Century 189
App. I Reign Periods of the Aisin Gioro Rulers 202
App. II Cherished Soldiers 203
App. III A Glossary of Names and Terms 206
Notes 216
Bibliography 220
Index 233
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