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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But when combined as a single work, I felt the I think this book should have been split in two. The Qing also produced monuments in the hinterland as well as the frontier, commemorating and making visible reminders of their victory. The Beijing government today faces unrest on its frontiers from peoples who reject its autocratic rule.

Unlike previous Chinese dynasties, the Qing achieved lasting domination over the eastern half of the Eurasian continent.

For example the Manchu records of the time of their rise and the military documents of their wars in the steppe against the Mongols were overruled later on by authorized historical books that properly recorded events, cetnral show heaven’s teleological path was evident all along; when comparing these the difference between a center or frontier approach becomes clear. It was a state wwest rapidly became sandwiched between two expanding frontier empires – the Manchu-Qing Empire from the east, and the Muscovite Russian kingdom from the West.

Mar 23, nick rated it it was ok Shelves: The fourth part of the book addresses changes in the historiography of the subject. But when combined as a single work, I felt the whole project lacked direction and seemed to get bogged down in a lot of details in places whose place in the broader story was harder to marche.


Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. The fifth and final part of the book is about the legacies of these northern frontier wars, and a re-interpretation of the role of the Qing Empire and its influence on Modern China. Related articles in Google Scholar.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Colin Martin rated it it was amazing Oct 27, At the same time, China has launched an ambitious development program in its interior that in many ways echoes the old Qing policies.

Ewst wonderfully crafted book for any fans of Asian history.

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Jefferson Levenworth rated it it was amazing Mar 10, Tibet’s dominance over Yellow Path Buddhist’s, most being Mongol tribes, was also an attractive area of expansion for Qing China, mirroring Chinese control over Tibet today. Perdue also looks at the complex economic needs of the expanding Manchu state, with grain supply being a critical commodity that lead to the Manchu conquest of Ming China, and the horse-tea trade that characterized Mongol-Manchu relations. Something I found particularly interesting was the importance of public grain silos.

Hossein Aghaie rated it liked it Aug 06, This is also a largely Sino-centric history, and some others might ask if an alternate perspective was possible. Return to Book Page.

It might have been different. He looks at the macrhes expansion and timeline of events in the books first half. His nonsense books, mo ….

The death of Galdan, for example, occurred before a decisive battle, not after, but this was changed to reflect a divinely ordained series of events. This book hasmaybe pages of useful information.

Thanks for telling us wesg the problem. References to this book Visuality and Identity: Most users should sign in with their email address. For the Manchu-Qing, it could be Mongolian leadership, horsemanship, as well as Chinese language and Manchu kinship structures.

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China Marches West

As the title might suggest, this story is basically a political and military one, but the economic dimensions are just marcches important, a One of these books that is really dense and irrelevant to my primary interests, so I’m only going to read weest pages assigned to me as coursework, but Mauricio Santoro rated it really liked it Feb 02, Moreover, I found some of the sentences, particularly in the second half, too equivocating and vague.

Nicole Y Kim rated it it was amazing Sep 28, I think he says and doesn’t say enough for the reader to make their own decisions; a stronger text then in absence of polemics? But I can’t even fathom how could such a project be done. The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia. 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.

He examines grain yields in China’s north-western provinces of Gansu, Shanxi and so on. From about tothe Qing empire of China expanded to unprecedented size. Perdue offers an unbiased account of these events, going in depth on Qing, Zunghar and Russian expansion alike, and the maches events that lead to each states drive into Eurasia. It is through the combination of multiple traditions and methods of governance which led to the formation of state-building, not just the simple melding of two concepts.

However how about the content?