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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China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia by Peter C. Perdue
I can only comment on this partially, as I am unfamiliar with the other writings by Owen Lattimore and others. Rulers used forcible repression when faced with resistance, but also aimed to win over subject peoples by peaceful means. May 05, Kenghis Khan rated it liked it. Thanks for telling us fhe the problem.
To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Vhina Academic account above. I mean, the author already knows Chinese, Manchu, Mongolian, and some Japanese. In the mountain range of books about China, this one is about as easy to tackle as the north face of the Eiger, but it is exhilarating if you can take it.
Account Options Sign in. The first part, dealing with the Qing conquest of Zhungaria was pretty engaging for a military historian. I knew I didn’t do justice to this book. It was a political arrangement which would survive albeit in Soviet-Maoist form until But I can’t even fathom how could such a project be done.
Perdue is about a century or so of Qing Chinese history, spanning the Qing conquests of Mongolia, Xinjiang and Tibet during the 17th and 18th centuries. Old China, too, has marcjes frozen feel in our written history, that he believes is quite false.
Henry Antenen rated it it was amazing Oct 08, There are less than pages on the military narrative, and almost all of the rest are on the repercussions thereof.
The book demands your full attention, but it’s mostly pretty interesting. A shame for I can feel the cenntral amount of energy and dedication that went into this book. To explore the process of Chinese imperialism into the west whilst reflecting on the western powers 1, year quixotic crusades into the east is illuminating.
Map of the Zunghar Empire, pg. View all 5 comments. 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. It struck me then that this is how a novelist operates; he tells me a historian should, too, and his history can have a novel-like ‘what happens next?
Amazing details about Qing frontier economic policy. The Beijing government today faces unrest on its frontiers from peoples who reject its autocratic rule. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
The first part of the book is a prelude, which describes the environment of Central Eurasia, and the rise of the Zunghar Khanate. I was able to thoroughly enjoy, not just ‘enjoy,’ dense and obligatorily erudite chapters on rice granaries and agricultural policies in the late 18th century Qing Empire.
Thomas rated it really liked it Sep 07, It shamed me to realize that the wesy after that part could not entrance me as they would have wezt if I had started to view the book as a chore. From about tothe Qing empire of China expanded to unprecedented size. Having said that, I do have to repeat an earlier criticism, the book is too much of a good thing.
China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia
However how about the content? The fourth part of the book addresses changes in the historiography of the subject. During his reign, he suppressed a Ming rebellion, made peace with Vietnam, and overran all of Taiwan, Mongolia, and Tibet, ordered the compilations of Tang poetry and a Chinese dictionary, and cemented territorial expansions which no other Chinese emperor had ever achieved in centuries, or even held in the long term.
Moreover, I found some of the sentences, particularly in the second half, too equivocating and vague. The nomadic nature of the Zunghars and other Mongol groups made such campaigns a logistical nightmare. Here, Perdue asserts that it is the vast Central Eurasian steppe which is the common element in the formation of three states – Manchu, Mongol, and Russian. It’s thus a great pity that it’s pages long. Chapter 14 should have been good, but wasn’t. 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.
China Marches West
Sign In Forgot password? He looks at the political expansion and timeline of events in the books first half. This is a vast and ambitious study, and aims to upend the old myths of nationalist but also Euro-centric history.
Perdue chronicles this little-known story of China’s expansion into the northwestern frontier. However, when this conquest was complete, the military and other state-building apparatuses were dismantled. I could go on, but I would be just as guilty of repeating myself as the author was.
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Troops without adequate grain supplies would leave en masse, and frontier outposts would crumble without external support from interior regions of China. Want to Read saving….
Perdue No preview available – Chapters 4 through 7 could have told an interesting story about the Manchu conquest of Xinjiang, Tibet, and western Mongolia.