HISTORY OF IMPERIAL CHINA
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History of Imperial China 6

China's Last Empire

The Great Qing

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$25.00 • £21.95 • €22.95

ISBN 9780674066243

Publication Date: 09/10/2012

Short

368 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

17 halftones, 5 maps

Belknap Press

History of Imperial China

World

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Here is a new narrative for Chinese history. It is based on the path-breaking scholarship of a small body of principally American scholars who have shown that after the non-Han Manchus conquered the Ming in 1644, traditional China was gradually replaced by something very different. This meant that the previous explanations, emanating from the Harvard school, led by the persuasive John King Fairbank, which emphasized a succession of essentially unchanging dynasties, must be abandoned… In short, as Professor Rowe sets out in this important book, ‘the inward-looking and hermetic Celestial Empire’ has vanished and something far more interesting has come convincingly before us.—Jonathan Mirsky, The Times Literary Supplement

A very fine book, drawing on the best new scholarship on this pivotal period in Chinese history.—K. E. Stapleton, Choice

This series on China, brilliantly overseen by Timothy Brook, is a credit to Harvard University Press. Above all, it encourages us to think of China in different ways.—Jonathan Mirsky, Literary Review

In a fine, well-written study, Rowe brings the latest scholarship in Qing history to a wide audience. This book reflects a lifetime of reading in the field, and is written in the fluent manner of an accomplished and very successful author. Responsible and judicious, it makes an important contribution to our understanding of Chinese history.—R. Kent Guy, University of Washington

Awards & Accolades

  • Honorable Mention, 2009 Association of American Publishers PROSE Award, World History & Biography/Autobiography Category

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