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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All of this felt relevant as it shaped the Eurzsia world and drew me in; so it felt even more frustrating when the middle clogged down and turned the book into a chore. The second half is drier, and I admit I did start skipping a fair amount of pages, but I’m still going to recommend it. It was these wars that produced the China we see on the map today, including Xinjiang and Tibet. They could split apart and sow discord among their enemies, and could use mercantile power where otherwise military means would have failed.

The frontier is where the states and societies adaptive powers come to show, in the center it is all about downplaying the diversity for both contemporary and future audiences. Other editions – View all China Marches West: Chapters 4 through 7 could have told an int A painfully poorly written book. Jefferson Levenworth rated it it was amazing Mar 10, The book is finely made.

From about tothe Qing empire of China expanded to unprecedented size. Books by Peter C. The fourth part of the book addresses changes in the historiography of the subject. On the one hand, I get why; these 5 persons and adding in a load of Tibetan lama’s, Manchu and Han generals, mongol chieftains, Confucian scholars and Jesuit missionaries form the core period of expansion on which the book reflects but on the other hand I can’t help but wonder if we really needed to spent so many time on poems written by those emperors?


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He offers valuable comparisons to other colonial empires and discusses the legacy left by China’s frontier expansion. Having said that, I do have to repeat an earlier criticism, the book is too much of a good thing. Perdue’s account is comprehensive, in-depth and entertaining. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. surasia

Unlike previous Chinese dynasties, the Qing achieved lasting domination over the eastern half of the Eurasian continent. Perdue notes that the Zunghar mongols, and other nomadic peoples, would often send thousands to make trade, and the subsequent need ot pasture nomadic horses and herds, and the risk of raids into Qing territory, increased.

The Palace Museum, Beijing. The first part of the book is a prelude, which describes the environment of Central Eurasia, and the rise of the Zunghar Khanate. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

On a personal note; until this book, Chinese emperors to me fell in two categories, either incompetent and overruled in the shadows by councils of various origin or they were overly ambitious cruel leaders that achieved at great human costs. Pinyin makes no one happy, except perhaps the author who is able to indulge his vanity for knowing a non-English language.

China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia

When wide famines occurred over chia midth century, there was even a disaster management system which prevented the worst of the famines again eursia a limited and haphazard manner. Slavery after Rome, — 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.


Don’t have an account? A painfully poorly written book.

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I think this book should have been split in two. His nonsense books, mo …. Perdue has produced the first broad survey in a Western language in virtually a century of the Qing dynasty’s protracted wars against the Zunghars, a branch of the Oirats or western Mongols ensconced in what is now far northwest China.

Hossein Aghaie rated it liked it Aug 06, Perdue No preview available – China Marches west is an excellent book on the Qing conquest of eurasiaa Eurasia.

Chapters 4 through 7 could have told an interesting story about the Manchu conquest of Xinjiang, Tibet, marched western Mongolia.

Apr 09, Thomas rated it it was amazing. References to this book Visuality and Thf It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Rulers used forcible repression when faced with resistance, but also aimed to win over subject peoples by peaceful means. Thomas rated it really liked it Sep 07, May 05, Kenghis Khan rated it liked it.