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.
This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. View all 5 comments. Perdue offers an unbiased account of tue events, going in depth on Qing, Zunghar and Russian expansion alike, and the interesting events that lead to each states drive into Eurasia. Hardcoverpages.
I do have to kinda blame my long Mongolian fascination and perhaps it was not merely western but also historical Mongolian 13th century views and modern nationalist Mongolian historiography of China that twisted my views of this part of the world.
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.
The Palace Museum, Beijing.
China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia
Perdue examines these conflicts from every aspect, including the growth of the Qing state, the Zunghar mongols and the Russians, and the conflicting pressures on the steppe nomads of Central Asia as qinv three empires competed for land, tribal loyalties, and resources in the China Marches West: The nomadic nature of the Zunghars and other Mongol groups made such campaigns a logistical nightmare.
But I can’t even fathom how could such a project be done. The first part of the book is a prelude, which describes the environment centfal Central Eurasia, and the rise of the Zunghar Khanate. At the same conqyest, China has launched an ambitious development program in its interior that in many ways echoes the old Qing policies. Chapters 4 through 7 could have told an interesting story about the Manchu conquest of Xinjiang, Tibet, and western Mongolia.
I’m on page 18 of a second read and have no notion why I didn’t five-star this.
China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia by Peter C. Perdue
Not sure about Eurasian history and steppe empires The frontier pf 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. 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. Only minor quips is the author sort of misses an excellent opportunity to utterly shred the brutal, Third Reich-ish mythology the PRC has tried to throw up around this and ‘Chinese’ historical topics.
This emperor was one of the most able euarsia history. It provides important insights on the use of trade and other non-violent relationships to protect China from invading Central Asians.
A shame for I can feel the raw amount of energy and dedication that went into this book. It is through the combination of multiple traditions and methods of governance which led to the euarsia of state-building, not just the simple melding of two concepts. The book demands your full attention, but it’s mostly pretty interesting.
Perhaps like the Russians or the Ottomans, but on a vaster scale, with wide stretches of inhospitable terrain and an enormous population, comprising some , by the beginning of the 19th century. When wide famines occurred over the midth century, there was even a disaster management system which prevented the worst of the famines again in a limited and haphazard manner. Jefferson Levenworth rated it it was amazing Mar 10, Perdue notes that the Zunghar mongols, and other nomadic peoples, would often send thousands to make trade, and the subsequent need to pasture nomadic horses and herds, and the risk of raids into Qing territory, increased.
Peter Perdue showed me that every dynasty and every emperor had its distinctness and had agenda’s based on the same kind of concerns that would be familiar to any ruler at the time; how to conserve the state, how the achieve internal and external stability; how to amass more resources, how to manage said resources and how to commemorate the results of all that.
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. With a little digging, you could likely find a used copy for cheaper.
Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Books by Peter C. Colin Martin rated it it was amazing Oct 27, The first half of the book is a narrative history of, well, you can probably tell from the title, with the second half being a more in-depth breakdown covering anything you could possibly want to know about trade and agricultural practices on the frontier. Perdue emphasizes that tue is also a story of frontier expansion centeal well as state-building, and that comparisons can be chinaa with the Russian and American marches to the Pacific.
The book then moves from a narrative history to an analytic. A central focus in this part of the book is the campaign against the Mongol leader Galdan led by the Kangxi Emperor r.
This is also a largely Sino-centric history, and some others might ask if an alternate perspective was possible. How much more can one man do?
I never knew how extensive the commercial society was in rural China, nor the amount of effort they put into a nationwide famine relief system or how they used this relief to lure in and keep under control Mongolian nomadic clans. When you read as much history as I do, you tend to start looking for the parts that are glossed over. I strongly recommended this book for specialists, Sinologists, and everybody at grad student level or above.
On the whole it was informative, but somewhat pedantic for nonspecialists. China Marches west is an excellent book on the Qing conquest of central Eurasia. That being said, China Marches West can be a little intimidating, both because of its sheer size and scholarly tone about as rip-roaring as it gets is on page where we’re told “We now turn to the material details of agrarian production”.
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No trivia or quizzes yet. National Palace Museum, Taiwan. Jul 12, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: Citing articles via Google Scholar.
It is obvious and yet wesst seems that for all my scolding centraal all those that fail to see the rationality of native american and African rulers and societies, I failed to notice my own ignorance and misconceptions when it comes to China. The use of primary sources becomes increasingly difficult with the broader scope I’m asking.
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.
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I thought about giving a three star score but I just couldn’t anymore; amazing research but Peter Perdue should have killed some of his darlings; as he says himself in the introduction the book got out of hand and it really shows; for shame. This is a superb history that should be read by anyone with even a slight interest in the region. 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.
The Treaty of Nerchinsk, between Qing and Russia, further delineated the borders and sealed the Zunghar’s fate.