At the same time, China has launched an ambitious development program in its interior that in many ways echoes the old Qing policies. China Marches West is. Perdue thus illuminates how China came to rule Central Eurasia and how it justifies that control, China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia. PDF | Book review of Peter Perdue, China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia. Published in Pointer: Journal of the Singapore Armed Forces.
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To view it, click here. I could go on, but I would be just as guilty of repeating myself as the author was. I never knew how extensive the commercial society was in rural China, nor the amount of effort they put into a nationwide famine relief system or how they used this relief to lure wsst and keep under control Mongolian nomadic clans.
Therefore, a series of conquests by four emperor’s secured ehrasia frontier decisively, and assured a steady source of horses for the Qing state. I knew I didn’t do justice to this book. With a little digging, you could likely find a used copy for cheaper. The Zhungar warrior Ayuxi, Giuseppe Castiglione. The frontier is where mraches states and societies adaptive powers come to show, in the center it is all about downplaying the diversity for both contemporary and future audiences.
In the case of the campaign against the Zunghars, he led the campaign personally, and much of his correspondence survives, an invaluable historical source.
It’s true I marces bored stiff by grain transportation when I read this, but of such stuff is history on-the-ground made. My library Help Advanced Book Search.
Perhaps like the Russians or the Ottomans, but on a vaster scale, with wide stretches of inhospitable terrain and an enormous population, comprising some , by the beginning of the 19th century. We’ll see the 2nd time around.
Through astute diplomacy, economic investment, and a series of ambitious military campaigns into the heart of Central Eurasia, the Manchu rulers defeated the Zunghar Mongols, and brought all of modern Xinjiang and Mongolia under their control, while gaining dominant influence in Tibet.
To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic ov above. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A visit to your local bookstore will show shelves overflowing with World War 2, but finding a good book about the history of central Asia from the s to the s as the Russians, Chinese, and Mongols struggle for supremacy is a rare find.
Two Qing emperors and their Three Mongolian adversaries the entire middle of the book, roughly of the pages deals with 5 persons and persons discussing these persons or persons wext to the actions of these persons as part of the interaction they had with those persons and so on.
It’s also a great pity that it continues the horrid Western practice of including pinyin pinyin instead actual characters for godssake! It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.
A center perspective tends to make the end result inevitable while a frontier approach focuses on the dynamics and possibilities of the time. In short I was well molded by centuries of western historiography propaganda.
To offset the exhaustive detail it has great pictures: The Qing desire to match economic growth in newly conquered territories with security needs was essential. Unlike previous Chinese dynasties, the Qing achieved lasting domination over the eastern chins of the Eurasian continent.
Chapters 15 and 16 betwen them contain perhaps a single page of useful analysis. Leslie rated it really liked it Mar 05, Alexander rated it really liked it Apr 22, Return to Book Page.
China Marches West
He offers valuable comparisons to other colonial empires and discusses the legacy left by China’s frontier expansion. He examines grain yields in China’s wwest provinces of Gansu, Shanxi and so on. The second marchfs, which goes into considerable depth about how the Qing administrative structure absorbed the newly conquered northwestern territories, could be quite informative for a those trying to understand the “what do we do now that we conquered this?
It might have been different. The Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong Emperor’s wedt examined in depth, examining how they proceeded in the Qing conquest of Zungharia, negotiations with a rapidly expanding Russia and Russian demands for trading markets, furs and minerals, with the Tibetan Lama’s, and with other steppe peoples, including the Muslim rulers of Turkestan and the Kazakhs. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Pinyin makes no one happy, except perhaps the author who is able to indulge his vanity for knowing a non-English language.
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The Treaty of Nerchinsk, between Qing and Russia, further delineated the borders and sealed the Zunghar’s fate. Oct 02, Ron Yang rated it it was amazing. Perdue No preview available – It is obvious and yet it seems that for all my scolding of all those that fail to see the rationality of native american and African rulers and societies, I failed to notice my own ignorance and misconceptions when it comes to China.
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