China's Last Empire The Great Qing

ISBN-10: 0674066243

ISBN-13: 9780674066243

Edition: 2009

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Description: In a brisk revisionist history, William Rowe challenges the standard narrative of Qing China as a decadent, inward-looking state that failed to keep pace with the modern West.The Great Qing was the second major Chinese empire ruled by foreigners. Three strong Manchu emperors worked diligently to secure an alliance with the conquered Ming gentry, though many of their social edicts—especially the requirement that ethnic Han men wear queues—were fiercely resisted. As advocates of a “universal” empire, Qing rulers also achieved an enormous expansion of the Chinese realm over the course of three centuries, including the conquest and incorporation of Turkic and Tibetan peoples in the west, vast migration into the southwest, and the colonization of Taiwan.Despite this geographic range and the accompanying social and economic complexity, the Qing ideal of “small government” worked well when outside threats were minimal. But the nineteenth-century Opium Wars forced China to become a player in a predatory international contest involving Western powers, while the devastating uprisings of the Taiping and Boxer rebellions signaled an urgent need for internal reform. Comprehensive state-mandated changes during the early twentieth century were not enough to hold back the nationalist tide of 1911, but they provided a new foundation for the Republican and Communist states that would follow.This original, thought-provoking history of China’s last empire is a must-read for understanding the challenges facing China today.

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Book details

List price: $20.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

William T. Rowe is John and Diane Cooke Professor of Chinese History at Johns Hopkins University.

Timothy Brook is Professor of History and Republic of China Chair at the University of British Columbia.

Introduction
Conquest
Governance
High Qing
Society
Commerce
Crises
Rebellion
Restoration
Imperialism
Revolution
Conclusion
Emperors and Dynasties
Pronunciation Guide
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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