A Translucent Mirror: History and Identity in Qing Imperial Ideology

A Translucent Mirror: History and Identity in Qing Imperial Ideology

By: Pamela Crossley (author)Paperback

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In this landmark exploration of the origins of nationalism and cultural identity in China, Pamela Kyle Crossley traces the ways in which a large, early modern empire of Eurasia, the Qing (1636-1912), incorporated neighboring, but disparate, political traditions into a new style of emperorship. Drawing on a wide variety of primary sources, including Manchu, Korean, and Chinese archival materials, Crossley argues that distortions introduced in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century historical records have blinded scholars to the actual course of events in the early years of the dynasty. This groundbreaking study examines the relationship between the increasingly abstract ideology of the centralizing emperorship of the Qing and the establishment of concepts of identity in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, before the advent of nationalism in China. Concluding with a broad-ranging postscript on the implications of her research for studies of nationalism and nation-building throughout modern Chinese history, A Translucent Mirror combines a readable narrative with a sophisticated, revisionary look at China's history. Crossley's book will alter current understandings of the Qing emperorship, the evolution of concepts of ethnicity, and the legacy of Qing rule for modern Chinese nationalism.

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Pamela Kyle Crossley is Rosenwald Research Professor of History, Dartmouth College; author of Orphan Warriors: Three Manchu Generations and the End of the Qing World (1990) and The Manchus (1997); and coauthor (with Richard Bulliet and Dan Headrick) of The Earth and Its Peoples (1997).


Acknowledgments Notes to Readers Introduction I. Identity at the Heart of Empire 1. Ethnicity in the Qing Eight Banners Mark C. Elliott 2. Making Mongols Pamela Kyle Crossley 3. "A Fierce and Brutal People": On Islam and Muslims in Qing Law Jonathan N. Lipman II. Narrative Wars at the New Frontiers 4. The Qing and Islam on the Western Frontier James A. Millward and Laura J. Newby 5. The Cant of Conquest: Tusi Offices and China's Political Incorporation of the Southwest Frontier John E. Herman III. Old Contests of the South and Southwest 6. The Yao Wars in the Mid-Ming and their Impact on Yao Ethnicity David Faure 7. Ethnicity and the Miao Frontier in the Eighteenth Century Donald S. Sutton 8. Ethnicity, Conflict, and the State in the Early to Mid-Qing: The Hainan Highlands, 1644-1800 Anne Csete IV. Uncharted Boundaries 9. Ethnic Labels in a Mountainous Region: The Case of She "Bandits" Wing-hoi Chan 10. Lineage, Market, Pirate, and Dan: Ethnicity in the Pearl River Delta of South China Helen F. Siu and Liu Zhiwei Conclusion Notes on Contributors Bibliography Glossary of Characters Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/04/2002
  • ISBN13: 9780520234246
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 417
  • ID: 9780520234246
  • weight: 494
  • ISBN10: 0520234243

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