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Modern China : continuity and change, 1644 to the present

Author: Bruce A Elleman; S C M Paine
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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Now in a fully updated edition, this accessible text provides a balanced history of modern China in a global context. The authors focus especially on China's culture, warfare, and immediate neighbors and provide a unique comparative approach to bridge the cultural divide separating Chinese history from Western readers trying to understand it.
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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Elleman, Bruce A., 1959- author.
Modern China
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2019]
(DLC) 2018039884
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce A Elleman; S C M Paine
ISBN: 9781538103876 1538103877
OCLC Number: 1052900905
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Modern China; Brief Contents; Contents; List of Maps; List of Features; List of Tables; List of Figures; List of Photographs; Preface; Acknowledgments; Technical Note; Introduction: A Cultural Framework for Understanding China; Top-Down Characteristics: Confucianism, Militarism, Legalism, and Sinification; Radial Characteristics: Sinocentrism, Barbarian Management, and the Provincial System; Bottom-Up Characteristics: Daoism, Buddhism, and Poetry; Cyclical Elements: Yin and Yang, the Dynastic Cycle, and Historical Continuity; Retrospective Elements: Fate and the Sources of Knowledge ConclusionsNotes; Bibliography; PART I: THE CREATION AND MATURATION OF AN EMPIRE, 1644-1842; 1 The Creation of the Qing Dynasty; The Ming Dynasty; The Qing Conquest of Ming China: Nurgaci and His Successors; Grafting the Manchus onto Han China under the Shunzhi Emperor; Territorial Consolidation under the Kangxi Emperor; Institutional Consolidation under the Yongzheng Emperor; Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; 2 The Maximization of Empire under the Qianlong Emperor; The Conquest of the Zunghar Mongols; The Conquest of the Tarim Basin and Tibet Qing Imperial Administration: The Tributary SystemDomestic Administration: Central and Local Government; The Economy of an Empire: Agriculture, Commerce, and Taxation; Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; 3 Chinese Society at the Zenith of the Qing Dynasty; Manchu and Han Society; The Four Social Groups: Scholars, Peasants, Artisans, and Merchants; The Legal System; Confucianism as an Ideology; Shamanism, Confucianism, and Buddhism as Instruments of Manchu Rule; Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; 4 The Foundations of Knowledge; Fidelity to the Past; The Confucian Classics Thinking by Historical AnalogyUnderstanding the Natural World; The Examination System; Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; 5 The Arrival of the West; Early Explorers; The Maritime Advance: Portugal, Spain, Holland, and England; The Continental Advance: Russia; The Legal and Religious Sources of Cultural Conflict; The Technological Revolution; Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; 6 Systemic Crisis and Dynastic Decline; Government Corruption and Manchu Decadence; Population Growth, Ethnic Tensions, and the Miao Revolt; The White Lotus Rebellion and the Eight Trigrams Revolt; Imperial Overextension Qing Attempts to Restore Governmental EfficacyConclusions; Notes; Bibliography; 7 Expanding Commercial Relations with the West; The Tea Trade and the Silver Inflow; The Opium Trade and the Silver Outflow; The British Rejection of Sinification; Chinese Strategy and the First Opium War; The Treaty of Nanjing: Treaty Ports, Tariffs, and North-South Tensions; Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; PART II: DYNASTIC DECLINE AND COLLAPSE, 1842-1911; 8 Civil War and Foreign Intervention; North-South Tensions and the Origins of the Taiping Rebellion; The Taiping Movement; The Taiping Capital in Nanjing
Responsibility: Bruce A. Elleman, U.S. Naval War College; S.C.M. Paine, U.S. Naval War College.

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