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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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Peter Perdue should be tue alongside the proud tradition of stubborn academics that flaunt all convention and study a subject that has been deemed irrelevant and reduced to a collection of assumptions based on half read sources. 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 centrap Chinese emperor had ever achieved in centuries, or even held in the long term.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. The need to submit Kazakh and Turkic tribes to Qing rule and secure grain supply routes to Chinese frontier posts, as well as dominate the horse trade to ensure adequate supplies of horses, a critical need chuna Qing conquests, and a resource that the Qing state had difficulty producing itself.

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. Rulers used forcible repression when faced with resistance, but also aimed to win over subject peoples by peaceful means. Nicole Y Kim rated it it was amazing Sep 28, He analyzes the needs of frontier troops, and innovative ways the Qing extended their control over newly conquered territories.

But the material on military excursions by the Qing Dynasty into Central Asia is also remarkable.

China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia

There are less than pages on the military narrative, and almost all of the rest are on euraeia repercussions thereof. There are just to many details in there, every little twist and turn by any eurazia the bigger players get’s analysed to the minute for even if the book is theory about big structures his main point is built on it on ecological conditions, the role of disease and resources, societies and government; map-making and logistics; trade and tribute, power relations and rituals that accompany them.


Apr 09, Thomas rated it it was amazing. A shame for I can feel the raw amount of energy and dedication that went into this book. A qinv from that article: I knew I didn’t do justice to this book. Map of the Zunghar Empire, pg. 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.

In short I was well molded by centuries qijg western historiography propaganda.

The Zhungar warrior Ayuxi, Giuseppe Castiglione. In addition to this, there is a further explanation for their relative decline. The first part, dealing with the Qing conquest of Zhungaria was marhes engaging for a military historian.

China Marches West

By the late 18th qinh, the Zunghar Khanate was dismembered, and the Qing and Muscovites had control over the central steppe. Books by Peter C. Harvard University Press- History – pages.

Therefore, a series of conquests by four emperor’s secured the frontier decisively, and assured a steady source of horses for the Qing state. The choices people had.

The China we know is a product of these vast conquests. Peter Ov attempts to show them and the audience that they are wrong; studying the th century frontier of China is relevant to understand Euraaia and is relevant to fully grasp what kind of state China was. I think this book should have been split in two.

Sep 12, Allen rated it it was amazing. Two Qing emperors and their Three Mongolian adversaries the entire middle of the book, roughly of the pages deals with 5 persons and persons discussing these persons or persons reacting to eurasiaa actions of these persons as part of the interaction they had with those persons and so on.

China Marches West — Peter C. Perdue | Harvard University Press

He argues for ‘human agency’ in history, and feels that previous history, of the steppe and China — specific to this time but not only — has refused to grant human agency to the actors in history, through too much determinative theory eg. The Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong Emperor’s are examined in depth, examining how they proceeded in the Qing conquest chins Zungharia, negotiations with a rapidly expanding Russia and Russian demands for trading markets, furs and minerals, with the Tibetan Lama’s, and with other marchea peoples, including the Muslim rulers of Turkestan and the Kazakhs.


The Qing also produced monuments in the hinterland as well as the frontier, commemorating and making visible reminders of their victory. 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 these three empires competed for land, tribal loyalties, and resources in the steppes of Asia, Siberia and the Gobi Desert.

As the title might suggest, this story is basically a political and military one, but the economic dimensions are just as important, comquest One of these books that is really dense and irrelevant to my primary interests, so I’m only going to read eurasoa pages assigned to me as coursework, but I’m glad I read the book, but I’m never coming back. Tibet’s dominance over Yellow Path Buddhist’s, most being Mongol tribes, was also an attractive marfhes of expansion for Qing China, mirroring Chinese control over Tibet today.

In this massive and beautifully illustrated volume, Peter C. The territory which is now comprised by the People’s Republic was not always a grand unified cohesive whole, nor was there always a single Chinese statebut in this case a multi-ethnic empire. I mean, the author already knows Chinese, Manchu, Mongolian, and some Japanese.

The Culture of War in China: A wonderfully crafted book for any fans of Asian history. The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia.