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The last emperors [electronic resource] : a social history of Qing imperial institutions /
Evelyn S. Rawski.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1998.
xii, 481 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
0520212894 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1998.
0520212894 (alk. paper)
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"Philip E. Lilienthal book."
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 393-442) and index.
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"This book is of immense importance to the China field. Evelyn Rawski makes the greatest contribution we can expect from a superior scholarly work: to offer bold conceptual arguments while providing solid groundwork for generations of future researchers."--Susan Mann, author ofPrecious Records "Rawski's study represents a landmark beginning for a new historiography of China: here is an interior view of an imperial China far more complex and multicultural than previously known."--Dru Gladney, author ofEthnic Identity in China
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-05-15:
Rawski's important study (one of a growing number drawn from archival materials found in the People's Republic of China and from Manchu-language sources) considers methods used by the Manchus to establish and sustain the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Rawski insists that Qing methods were often "the opposite of those found in a Chinese ruling house." They were based on Qing court use of "bureaucratic principles" to form an effective dyarchic government, enhance court control over banner kinsmen, transform Mongol leaders from ad hoc allies into permanent subjects, and regulate imperial consorts and eunuchs alike. Rawski notes Manchu court tolerance for other ethnic groups and argues that the Manchus were particularly successful in avoiding sinicization. She argues that Qing success was directly tied to the creation of a multiethnic coalition of Manchu, Chinese, Mongol, and Tibetan support for the Qing orchestrated through the effective use of material culture, ritual, and court patronage of Confucianism, shamanism, and Tibetan Buddhism. The issues this book raises are engaging and important. Through her exhaustive work in difficult archival sources, Rawski has unearthed a great deal of insightful material that makes her work a valuable handbook for studying the social organization of Qing China and Manchu court ritual, both public and private. V. J. Symons; Augustana College (IL)
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The Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) was the last and arguably the greatest of the conquest dynasties to rule China. Its rulers, Manchus from the north, held power for three centuries despite major cultural and ideological differences with the Han majority. In this book, Evelyn Rawski offers a bold new interpretation of the remarkable success of this dynasty, arguing that it derived not from the assimilation of the dominant Chinese culture, as has previously been believed, but rather from an artful synthesis of Manchu leadership styles with Han Chinese policies.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Introductionp. 1
The Material Culture of the Qing Court
The Court Societyp. 17
The Social Organization of the Qing Court
The Conquest Elite and the Imperial Lineagep. 59
Sibling Politicsp. 96
Imperial Womenp. 127
Palace Servantsp. 160
Qing Court Rituals
Rulership and Ritual Action in the Chinese Realmp. 197
Shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism at Courtp. 231
Private Ritualsp. 264
Conclusionp. 295
Names of Qing Emperors and the Imperial Ancestorsp. 303
Imperial Princely Ranksp. 304
Notesp. 305
Bibliographyp. 393
Glossary-Indexp. 443
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