Asian Borderlands The Transformation of Qing China's Yunnan Frontier

ISBN-10: 0674021711
ISBN-13: 9780674021716
Edition: 2006
List price: $69.50
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Description: C. Patterson Giersch provides a groundbreaking challenge to the China-centered narrative of the Qing conquest through comparative frontier history and a pioneering use of indigenous sources. He focuses on the Tai domains of China's Yunnan frontier,  More...

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Book details

List price: $69.50
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 5/15/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

C. Patterson Giersch provides a groundbreaking challenge to the China-centered narrative of the Qing conquest through comparative frontier history and a pioneering use of indigenous sources. He focuses on the Tai domains of China's Yunnan frontier, part of the politically fluid borderlands, where local, indigenous leaders were crucial actors in an arena of imperial rivalry. Patterns of acculturation were multi-directional. Both Qing and Tai created a hybrid frontier government that was tested as Burma and Siam extended influence into the region. As Qing and Chinese migrants gained greater political and economic control in borderland communities, indigenes adopted select Chinese ways. Chinese language was useful for trade, and relations with imperial officials were eased by wearing the queue and donning imperial robes. But indigenous culture and livelihoods persisted, and Tai aristocrats adopted rituals and symbols of the Burmese and Siamese courts. Qing conquest and Chinese migration did not lead to simple patterns of incorporation and assimilation. Chinese economic and cultural influences were profound, but did not entirely undermine indigenous practices. These legacies, which would shape and complicate twentieth-century Chinese state building, hold an important key to understanding modern China.

Abbreviations
Note on Transliteration
Introduction
Political And Military Transformations
A Traveler's Tale
New Frontier Militarism
Ambiguity of the Barbarian
Asian Empires
Demographic, Economic, And Cultural Transformations
A Motley Throng
A Song for Tea
"Barbarians" Still?
Conclusion
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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