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China marches west : the Qing conquest of Central Eurasia

Author: Peter C Perdue
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the Qing empire of China expanded to unprecedented size. With a series of ambitious military campaigns into the heart of Central Eurasia, astute diplomacy, and economic investment, the Manchu rulers of the Qing defeated their major rivals, the Zunghar Mongols, and brought all of modern Xinjiang and Mongolia under their control, while gaining dominant influence in Tibet.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter C Perdue
ISBN: 067401684X 9780674016842 9780674057432 0674057430
OCLC Number: 56567189
Description: xx, 725 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Part 1. The formation of the central Eurasian states. Environments, state building, and national identity --
The Ming, Muscovy, and Siberia, 1400-1600 --
Central Eurasian interactions and the rise of the Manchus, 1600-1670 --
Part 2. Contending for power. Manchus, Mongols, and Russians in conflict, 1670-1690 --
Eating snow : the end of Galdan, 1690-1697 --
Imperial overreach and Zunghar survival, 1700-1731 --
The final blows, 1734-1771 --
Part 3. The economic base of empire. Cannons on camelback : ecological structures and economic conjunctures --
Land settlement and military colonies --
Harvests and relief --
Currency and commerce --
Part 4. Fixing frontiers. Moving through the land --
Marking time : writing imperial history --
Part 5. Legacies and implications. Writing the national history of conquest --
State building in Europe and Asia --
Frontier expansion in the rise and fall of the Qing --
Appendixes : A. Rulers and reigns --
B. The Yongzheng emperor reels from the news of the disaster, 1731 --
C. Haggling at the border --
D. Gansu harvests and yields --
E. Climate and harvests in the northwest.
Other Titles: Qing conquest of Central Eurasia
Responsibility: Peter C. Perdue.

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