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xii, 271 pages ; 24 cm
  • Introduction
  • The view from Beijing
  • Pearl thieves and perfect order
  • The mushroom crisis
  • The nature of fur
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: Fur tribute submissions, 1771-1910.
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, booming demand for natural resources transformed China and its frontiers. Historians of China have described this process in stark terms: pristine borderlands became breadbaskets. Yet Manchu and Mongolian archives reveal a different story. Well before homesteaders arrived, wild objects from the far north became part of elite fashion, and unprecedented consumption had exhausted the region's most precious resources.In A World Trimmed with Fur, Jonathan Schlesinger uses these diverse archives to reveal how Qing rule witnessed not the destruction of unspoiled environments, but their invention. Qing frontiers were never pristine in the nineteenth century-pearlers had stripped riverbeds of mussels, mushroom pickers had uprooted the steppe, and fur-bearing animals had disappeared from the forest. In response, the court turned to "purification; " it registered and arrested poachers, reformed territorial rule, and redefined the boundary between the pristine and the corrupted. Schlesinger's resulting analysis provides a framework for rethinking the global invention of nature.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804799966 20170227
Green Library
xviii, 336 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
  • 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.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107068841 20160619
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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107068841 20160619
Green Library
vii, 410 pages : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • Critical Han studies : introduction and prolegomenon / Thomas S. Mullaney
  • Han and China. Recentering China : the Cantonese in and beyond the Han / Kevin Carrico ; On not looking Chinese : does "mixed race" decenter the Han from Chineseness? / Emma J. Teng ; "Climate's moral economy" : geography, race, and the Han in early Republican China / Zhihong Chen ; Good Han, bad Han : the moral parameters of ethnopolitics in China / Uradyn E. Bulag
  • The problem of Han origins. Understanding the snowball theory of the Han nationality / Xu Jieshun ; Antiquarian as ethnographer : Han ethnicity in early China studies / Tamara T. Chin ; The Han joker in the pack : some issues of culture and identity from the Minzu literature / Nicholas Tapp
  • The problem of Han formations. Hushuo : the northern other and the naming of the Han Chinese / Mark Elliot ; From subjects to Han : the rise of Han as Identity in nineteenth-century southwest China / C. Patterson Giersch ; Searching for Han : early twentieth-century narratives of Chinese origins and development / James Leibold ; Han at Minzu's edges : what critical Han studies can learn from China's "Little Tibet" / Chris Vasantkumar.
Constituting over ninety per cent of China's population, Han is not only the largest ethnonational group in that country but also one of the largest categories of human identity in world history. In this pathbreaking volume, a multidisciplinary group of scholars examine this ambiguous identity, one that shares features with, but cannot be subsumed under, existing notions of ethnicity, culture, race, nationality, and civilization.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780984590988 20160617
Green Library
xiv, 418 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
  • Asserting hegemony over the homeland : dynastic objectives and the creation of an agrarian order, 1644-1700
  • Manchuria's place in the early imperial project
  • The agrarian order in late seventeenth-century Manchuria
  • The state in the village
  • Peasant and state in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
  • The state and agrarian property relations
  • The social basis of the transformation of agrarian Manchuria
  • Wage labor and wage relations in Qing Manchuria
  • State, trade, and peasant agriculture: developments in the Manchurian economy
  • Household formation, property division, and agricultural change in the peasant economy
  • The content and growth of the Manchurian trade, 1700-1860
  • State, merchant, and the organization of the Manchurian trade
  • Conclusion: critiques and alternative
  • Appendix A: population and cultivated area in Qing Manchuria
  • Appendix B: grain yields in the Qing and Republican eras
  • Notes
  • References and sources
  • Chinese glossary.
This study seeks to lay bare the relationship between the sociopolitical structures that shaped peasant lives in Manchuria (northeast China) during the Qing dynasty and the development of that region's economy. The book is written in three parts. It begins with an analysis of the ideological, political, and economic interests of the Qing ruling house in defending its homeland in the northeast against occupation by non-Manchus, and examines how these interests informed state policy and the reconfiguration of the region's social landscape in the first decades of the dynasty. The book then addresses how this agrarian configuration unraveled under challenge from settler peasant communities and gives an account of the resulting property and labor regimes. The study ends with an account of how that social formation configured peasant economic behavior and in so doing established the limits of economic change and trade growth.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804752718 20160528
Green Library
viii, 430 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
  • Introduction / Joseph W. Esherick, Hasan Kayalı, and Eric Van Young
  • The limits of Atlantic-world nationalism in a revolutionary age: imagined communities and lived communities in Mexico, 1810-1821 / Eric Van Young
  • The great transformation of law and legal culture: "the public" and "the private" in the transition from empire to nation in Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil, 1750-1850 / Victor M. Uribe-Uran
  • Selfhood and nationhood in Latin America: from colonial subject to democratic citizen / Carlos A. Forment
  • Empires as prisons of nations versus empires as political opportunity structures: an exploration of the role of nationalism in imperial dissolutions in Europe / Ellen Comisso
  • Changing modalities of empire: a comparative study of the Ottoman and Habsburg decline / Karen Barkey
  • Dreams of empire, dreams of nations / Reşat Kasaba
  • How the Qing became China / Joseph W. Esherick
  • Going imperial: Tibeto-Mongolian Buddhism and nationalisms in China and Inner Asia / Uradyn E. Bulag
  • The long road from empire: legacies of nation building in the Soviet successor states / Edward W. Walker
  • Setting the political agenda: cultural discourse in the Estonian transition / Cynthia S. Kaplan
  • Afterword: the return of empire? / Joseph W. Esherick.
The fall of empires and the rise of nation-states was a defining political transition in the making of the modern world. Here, ten prominent specialists discuss the empire-to-nation transition in comparative perspective. Chapters on Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Russia, and China illustrate both the common features and the diversity of the transition. While previous studies have focused on the rise and fall of empires or on nationalism and the process of nation-building, this intriguing volume concentrates on the empire-to-nation transition itself.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780742540316 20160528
Green Library
xvii, 242 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Although it is generally believed that the Manchus controlled the Mongols through their patronage of Tibetan Buddhism, scant attention has been paid to the Mongol view of the Qing imperial project. In contrast to other accounts of Manchu rule, "Our Great Qing" focuses not only on what images the metropole wished to project into Mongolia, but also on what images the Mongols acknowledged themselves. Rather than accepting the Manchu's use of Buddhism, Johan Elverskog begins by questioning the static, unhistorical, and hegemonic view of political life implicit in the Buddhist explanation. By stressing instead the fluidity of identity and Buddhist practice as processes continually developing in relation to state formations, this work explores how Qing policies were understood by Mongols and how they came to see themselves as Qing subjects. In his investigation of Mongol society on the eve of the Manchu conquest, Elverskog reveals the distinctive political theory of decentralization that fostered the civil war among the Mongols. He explains how it was that the Manchu Great Enterprise was not to win over "Mongolia" but was instead to create a unified Mongol community of which the disparate preexisting communities would merely be component parts. A key element fostering this change was the Qing court's promotion of Gelukpa orthodoxy, which not only transformed Mongol historical narratives and rituals but also displaced the earlier vernacular Mongolian Buddhism. Finally, Elverskog demonstrates how this eighteenth-century conception of a Mongol community, ruled by an aristocracy and nourished by a Buddhist emperor, gave way to a pan-Qing solidarity of all Buddhist people against Muslims and Christians and to local identities that united for the first time aristocrats with commoners in a new Mongol Buddhist identity on the eve of the twentieth century.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780824830212 20160527
Green Library
xx, 725 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 25 cm.
From about 1600 to 1800, the Qing empire of China expanded to unprecedented size. 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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674016842 20160528
Green Library
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The Muslim-led Panthay Rebellion was one of five mid-nineteenth-century rebellions to threaten the Chinese imperial court. The Chinese Sultanate begins by contrasting the views of Yunnan held by the imperial center with local and indigenous perspectives, in particular looking at the strong ties the Muslim Yunnanese had with Southeast Asia and Tibet. Traditional interpretations of the rebellion there have emphasized the political threat posed by the Muslim Yunnanese, but no prior study has sought to understand the insurrection in its broader muti-ethnic borderland context. At its core, the book delineates the escalating government support of premeditated massacres of the Hul by Han Chinese and offers the first indepth examination of the seventeen-year-long rule of the Dall Sultanate.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804751599 20160528
Green Library
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  • Xinjiang in revolt
  • The emergence of Ya'qb Beg's regime
  • Muslim state and its ruling structure
  • Formation of new international relations
  • Collapse of the Muslim state.
This is a history of a major Muslim rebellion in northwest China in the late 19th century which led to the establishment of an independent Islamic state under Ya'qub Beg. Lost in 1877, it now remains, somewhat uneasily, as the large Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804748841 20160528
Green Library
xvi, 370 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 24 cm.
  • An island beyond the seas enters the map
  • Taiwan as a living museum: savagery and tropes of anachronism
  • A hidden jade in a ball of mud: landscape and colonial rhetoric
  • Debating difference: racial and ethnical discourses
  • The raw and the cooked: classifying Taiwan's land and natives
  • Picturing savagery: visual representations of racial difference
  • An island of women: the discourse of gender
  • Fashioning Chinese origins: nineteenth-century ethnohistoriography
  • "Opening the mountains and pacifying the savages."
Until 300 years ago, the Chinese considered Taiwan a "land beyond the seas, " a "ball of mud" inhabited by "naked and tattooed savages." The incorporation of this island into the Qing empire in the seventeenth century and its evolution into a province by the late nineteenth century involved not only a reconsideration of imperial geography but also a reconceptualisation of the Chinese domain. The annexation of Taiwan was only one incident in the much larger phenomenon of Qing expansionism into frontier areas that resulted in a doubling of the area controlled from Beijing and the creation of a multi-ethnic polity. The author argues that travellers' accounts and pictures of frontiers such as Taiwan led to a change in the imagined geography of the empire. In representing distant Iands and ethnically diverse peoples of the frontiers to audiences in China proper, these works transformed places once considered non-Chinese into familiar parts of the empire and thereby helped to naturalise Qing expansionism. By viewing Taiwan-China relations as a product of the history of Qing expansionism, the author contributes to our understanding of current political events in the region.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674014510 20160527
Green Library
viii, 266 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), map ; 26 cm.
  • Introduction : raining flowers
  • Like a cloudless sky
  • When words collide
  • Artful collecting
  • Remembering the future
  • Pious copies
  • Resemblance and recognition.
Imperial Manchu support and patronage of Buddhism, particularly in Mongolia and Tibet, has often been dismissed as cynical political manipulation. Empire of Emptiness questions this generalization by taking a fresh look at the huge outpouring of Buddhist painting, sculpture, and decorative arts Qing court artists produced for distribution throughout the empire. It examines some of the Buddhist underpinnings of the Qing view of rulership and shows just how central images were in the carefully reasoned rhetoric the court directed toward its Buddhist allies in inner Asia. The multilingual, culturally fluid Qing emperors put an extraordinary range of visual styles into practice - Chinese, Tibetan, Nepalese, and even the European Baroque brought to the court by Jesuit artists. Their pictorial, sculptural, and architectural projects escape easy analysis and raise questions about the difference between verbal and pictorial description, the ways in which overt and covert meaning could be embedded in images through juxtaposition and collage, and the collection and criticism of paintings and calligraphy that were intended as supports for practice and not initially as works of art.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780824825638 20160528
Green Library
580 p.
  • List of maps and figures-- List of tables-- Preface-- Note on transcription and other conventions-- Qing reign periods-- Introduction: the problem with the Manchus-- Part I. Structures of Eight Banner Society: 1. The eight banners and the origins of the Manchus-- 2. Manchu cities: tigers on the mountain-- 3. The emperor's men-- Part II. Patterns of Banner Life: 4. The iron rice bowl of banner privilege-- 5. Among the Nikan-- 6. Resident aliens-- Part III. The Cities of the Eighteenth Century: 7. Whither and manchu way?-- 8. Saving the banner system-- Conclusion-- Appendix-- Notes-- Chinese character glossary-- References-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804736060 20160527
In 1644, the Manchus, a relatively unknown people inhabiting China's rude northeastern frontier, overthrew the Ming, Asia's mightiest rulers, and established the Qing dynasty, which endured to 1912. From this event arises one of Chinese history's great conundrums: how did a barely literate alien people manage to remain in power for nearly 300 years over a highly cultured population that was vastly superior in number? This problem has fascinated scholars for almost a century, but until now no one has approached the question from the Manchu point of view. This book, the first in any language to be based mainly on Manchu documents, supplies a radically new perspective on the formative period of the modern Chinese nation. Drawing on recent critical notions of ethnicity, the author explores the evolution of the Eight Banners, a unique Manchu system of social and military organization that was instrumental in the conquest of the Ming.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804736060 20160527
Green Library
x, 394 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Green Library
353 P.
  • Preface-- Note on transliteration-- Abbreviations-- Introduction-- 1. Landmarks-- 2. Financing new dominion-- 3. Official commerce and commercial taxation in the Far West-- 4. 'Gathering Like Clouds': Chinese mercantile penetration of Xinjiang-- 5. The merchants and articles of trade-- 6. Qing ethnic policy and Chinese merchants-- Conclusion: toward the domestication of Empire-- Epilogue: the Xianfeng fiscal crisis: statecraft thinkers and Qing Xinjiang: the question of Qing imperialism-- Character list-- Notes-- Bibliography-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804729338 20160527
Beyond the Pass examines the fiscal and ethnic policies that underlay Qing imperial control over Xinjiang, a Central Asian region that now comprises the westernmost sixth of the People s Republic of China. By focusing on a region of the Qing empire beyond the borders of China proper, and by treating the empire not as a Chinese dynasty but in its broader context as an Inner Asian political entity, this innovative study fills a gap in Western-language historiography of late imperial China. As analysis of the revenue available to Qing garrisons in Xinjiang reveals, imperial control over the region in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries depended upon sizeable yearly subsidies from China. In an effort to satisfy criticism of their expansion into Xinjiang and make the territory pay for itself, the Qing court permitted local authorities great latitude in fiscal matters and encouraged the presence of Han and Chinese Muslim merchants. At the same time, the court recognized the potential for unrest posed by Chinese mercantile penetration of this Muslim, Turkic-speaking area. They consequently attempted, through administrative and legal means, to defend the native Uyghur population against economic depredation. This ethnic policy reflected a conception of the realm that was not Sinocentric, but rather placed the Uyghur on a par with Han Chinese.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804729338 20160527
Green Library
xxxvi, 266 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
The first account (according to the author) of the Muslim experience in China written in a European language. Lipman (history and Asian studies, Mount Holyoke College) examines the nature of ethnicity and periphery, the role of religion and ethnicity in personal and collective decisions in violent.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780295976440 20160528
Green Library
xiii, 333 p. ; 23 cm.
  • How to make time real: from intellectual history to embodied memory / Vera Schwarcz
  • Framing plague in China's past / Carol Benedict
  • A Ming-Qing transition in Chinese women's history? The perspective from law / Kathryn Bernhardt
  • Thinking about copulating: an early-Qing Confucian thinker's problem with emotion and words / Dorothy Ko
  • Sexing modern China / Gail Hershatter
  • Hyphenated Chinese: Sino-Muslim identity in modern China / Jonathan N. Lipman
  • New perspectives on the Qing frontier / James A. Millward
  • From Aborigines to landed proprietors: Taiwan Aboriginal land rights, 1690-1850 / Ch'en Ch'iu-k'un ; translated by Bian Li-nan
  • Native place and the making of Chinese ethnicity / Emily Honig
  • Competition and cooperation in late Imperial China as reflected in native place and ethnicity / James H. Cole
  • Creating civic ground: public maneuverings and the state in the Nanjing decade / Bryna Goodman
  • Mapping the hinterland: treaty ports and regional analysis in modern China / Kwan Man Bun
  • The presence of the Fin-de-Siècle in the May fourth era / Lung-Kee Sun
  • American science and Chinese nationalsim: reflections on the career of Zhou Peiyuan / Mary Brown Bullock
  • A turning point in the modern Chinese revolution: the historical significance of the Canton decade, 1917-27 / Ming K. Chan
  • Suspect history and the mass line: another "Yan'an way" / Chen Yung-Fa
  • Field notes from the present / Randall Stross.
This stimulating collection traces the intellectual trajectory of the field of modern Chinese history over the past two decades. The possibility of conducting research in the People's Republic and directly exchanging views with scholars there has radically altered and increased the material available to historians. The essays also reflect the efforts of a generation of China historians to engage questions that have recently preoccupied historians across national fields. Each essay challenges previous interpretive frameworks. Topics covered include the impact of imperialism on China, the role of women in Chinese history, the meaning of modernity, the relationship between local and national identities, and the significance of the 1949 revolution.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804725101 20160527
Green Library
2 v. (xiv, 372 leaves), bound.
Green Library, SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving), Special Collections
xviii, 596 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
hdl.handle.net ACLS Humanities E-Book
Green Library
xiii, 325 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
The author employs anthropology and history to analyze the relationship between China and the tribal peoples of Inner Asia. Barfield explains why, in spite of their small numbers and poorly developed economies, the tribal nomads established large empires that threatened the security of China.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781557860439 20160527
Green Library
565 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Green Library, SAL3 (off-campus storage)