Across Forest, Steppe, and Mountain: Environment, Identity, and Empire in Qing China's Borderlands (Studies in Environment and History)

Across Forest, Steppe, and Mountain: Environment, Identity, and Empire in Qing China's Borderlands (Studies in Environment and History)

By: David Anthony Bello (author)Hardback

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In this book, David Bello offers a new and radical interpretation of how China's last dynasty, the Qing (1644-1911), relied on the interrelationship between ecology and ethnicity to incorporate the country's far-flung borderlands into the dynasty's expanding empire. The dynasty tried to manage the sustainable survival and compatibility of discrete borderland ethnic regimes in Manchuria, Inner Mongolia, and Yunnan within a corporatist 'Han Chinese' imperial political order. This unprecedented imperial unification resulted in the great human and ecological diversity that exists today. Using natural science literature in conjunction with under-utilized and new sources in the Manchu language, Bello demonstrates how Qing expansion and consolidation of empire was dependent on a precise and intense manipulation of regional environmental relationships.

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About Author

David Bello is an Associate Professor of East Asian History at Washington and Lee University, Virginia.

Contents

Introduction; 1. Qing fields in theory and practice; 2. The nature of imperial foraging in the SAH basin; 3. The nature of imperial pastoralism in southern Inner Mongolia; 4. The nature of imperial indigenism in southwestern Yunnan; 5. Borderland Hanspace in the nineteenth century; 6. Qing environmentality.

Product Details

  • publication date: 29/01/2016
  • ISBN13: 9781107068841
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 350
  • ID: 9781107068841
  • weight: 650
  • ISBN10: 1107068843

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