New Qing Imperial History: The Making of Inner Asian Empire at Qing Chengde [NOOK Book]

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"New Qing Imperial History uses the Manchu summer capital of Chengde and associated architecture, art, and ritual activity as the focus for an exploration of the importance of Inner Asia and Tibet to the Qing empire (1636-1911). The contributors argue that the Qing was not simply another Chinese dynasty, but was deeply engaged in Inner Asia not only militarily, but culturally, politically, and ideologically." "Emphasizing the diverse range of peoples in the Qing empire, this book analyzes the importance to Chinese history of Manchu relations with ...
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New Qing Imperial History: The Making of Inner Asian Empire at Qing Chengde

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Overview

"New Qing Imperial History uses the Manchu summer capital of Chengde and associated architecture, art, and ritual activity as the focus for an exploration of the importance of Inner Asia and Tibet to the Qing empire (1636-1911). The contributors argue that the Qing was not simply another Chinese dynasty, but was deeply engaged in Inner Asia not only militarily, but culturally, politically, and ideologically." "Emphasizing the diverse range of peoples in the Qing empire, this book analyzes the importance to Chinese history of Manchu relations with Tibetan prelates, Mongolian chieftains, and the Turkic elites of Xinjiang. In offering a new appreciation of a culturally and politically complex period, the authors discuss the nature and representation of emperorship, especially under Qianlong (r. 1736-1795), and examine the role of ritual in relations with Inner Asia, including the vaunted (but overrated) tribute system." By using a specific artifact or text as a starting point for analysis in each chapter, the contributors not only include material previously unavailable in English but allow the reader an intimate knowledge of life at Chengde and its significance to the Qing period as a whole.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134362219
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/31/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

James A. Millward is Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University, USA.
Ruth W. Dunnell is James Storer Associate Professor of History at Kenyon College, Ohio, USA.
Mark C. Elliott is Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History, Harvard University, USA.
Philippe Forêt is a Research Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation, and an Associate Researcher at both the Institute of Cartography of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich, and the Space and Culture Laboratory of Paris IV Sorbonne University, France.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Chengde as Inner Asian capital 13
2 The Qing empire during the Qianlong reign 15
3 Tibetan Buddhism 22
4 Architectural wonderland : an empire of fictions 33
Pt. II Rituals of empire 53
5 Qianlong on the road : the imperial tours to Chengde 55
6 The Qing hunt at Mulan 66
7 Imperial banquets in the Wanshu yuan 84
8 Qing Inner Asian empire and the return of the Torghuts 91
Pt. III The emperor's many faces 107
9 The Qianlong emperor and the Confucian "temple of culture" (Wen miao) at Chengde 109
10 The Qianlong emperor and Tibetan Buddhism 123
11 The art and politics of painting Qianlong at Chengde 136
12 The imperial word in stone : stele inscriptions at Chengde 146
Pt. IV Voices from Chengde 165
13 Preface to the "thirty-six views of Bishu shanzhuang" : record of the Mountain Villa to escape the heat 167
14 A letter from a Jesuit painter in Qianlong's court at Chengde 171
15 Qianlong's inscription on the founding of the temple of the happiness and longevity of Mt. Sumeru (Xumifushou miao) 185
16 The third Panchen Lama's visit to Chengde 188
17 Five poems by the Qianlong emperor 199
18 Two folktales from Chengde 202
Pt. V Epilog 207
19 Chengde today 209
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