Rethinking the Decline of China's Qing Dynasty: Imperial Activism and Borderland Management at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century

Rethinking the Decline of China's Qing Dynasty: Imperial Activism and Borderland Management at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century

by Daniel McMahon

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The many instances of regional insurgency and unrest that erupted on China’s borderlands at the turn of the nineteenth century are often regarded by scholars as evidence of government disability and the incipient decline of the imperial Qing dynasty. This book, based on extensive original research, argues that, on the contrary, the response of the imperial government went well beyond pacification and reconstruction, and demonstrates that the imperial political culture was dynamic, innovative and capable of confronting contemporary challenges. The author highlights in particular the Jiaqing Reforms of 1799, which enabled national reformist ideology, activist-oriented administrative education, the development of specialised frontier officials, comprehensive borderland rehabilitation, and the sharing of borderland administration best practice between different regions. Overall, the book shows that the Qing regime had sustained vigour, albeit in difficult and changing circumstances.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317650423
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/21/2014
Series: Asian States and Empires
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 212
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Daniel McMahon is a Professor in the Department of History, at Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part 1: Transitions in Education and Ideology  1. The Yuelu Academy and Hunan’s Nineteenth Century Turn Statecraft Toward Statecraft  2. Dynastic Decline, Heshen, and the Ideology of the Jiaqing Reforms  Part 2: Management of the Hunan Miao Frontier  3. Identity and Conflict on a Chinese Borderland: Yan Ruyi and the Recruitment of the Gelao During the 1795-7 Miao Revolt  4. New Order on China’s Hunan Miao Frontier, 1796-1812  Part 3: Management of the Southern Shaanxi Highlands  5. Qing Reconstruction in the Southern Shaanxi Highlands: State Perceptions and Plans, 1799-1820  6. Southern Shaanxi Border Officials in Early Nineteenth Century China  Part 4: Management of the Guangdong Coast  7. Qing Highland Precedent, Yan Ruyi, and the Defense of the Guangdong Coast, 1804-5

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