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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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Perdue offers an unbiased account of these events, going in depth on Qing, Zunghar and Russian expansion alike, and the interesting events that lead to each states drive into Eurasia. View all 4 comments. Want to Read saving…. Turns out proportional income taxes do discourage labor supply!

Books by Peter C. Sign In or Create an Account. Feb 06, Peter Hutt Sierra rated it it was ok. Not a bad book at all and very informative. The book is finely made. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. 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 China Marches West: 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.

Hardcoverpages. We’ll see the 2nd time around. Chapters 15 and 16 betwen them contain perhaps a single page of useful analysis.


Email alerts New issue alert. I strongly recommended this book for specialists, Sinologists, and everybody at grad student level or above.

China Marches West – Peter C Perdue – Google Books

I’m glad I read centeal book, but I’m never coming back. This emperor was one of the most able in history. Frustrating even more is that the rest of the book is way better, less cluttered with overly detailed descriptions.

Oct 02, Ron Yang rated it it was amazing. Christopher rated it it was amazing Oct 08, Old China, too, has a frozen feel in our written history, that he believes is quite false.

China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia

How their policies of viewing the Mongols as a dehumanized scourge made for a totally different policy and ironically less aggressive policy then the Qing who, due to their own semi nomad origin, viewed the Mongols as subjects to be; as rebellious serfs who needed be thought their place in the order of things.

The Beijing government today faces unrest on its frontiers from peoples who reject its autocratic rule. Chapters 10 and 11 are what happen when historians try conquesf make statistical analyses or explain economic concepts: A shame for I can feel the raw amount of energy and dedication that went into this book. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia – Peter C Perdue – Google Books

Apr 09, Thomas rated it it was amazing. 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”. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It might have been different. Sign In Forgot password? I think the historiographical essays at the end of the book also seemed uncomfortably placed, and maybe even should have been split into a third book or published as a review somewhere with their core ideas condensed into the introduction which happened to some degree, so perhaps the author tried this.


Harvard University Press- History – pages. To offset the exhaustive detail it has great pictures: 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.

The Zunghars attempted to extract agricultural and mining resourcecs from their territories and attempted to control their own dominions with greater speed and accuracy.

This is an excellent book for those who want to understand China’s challenges on its western borders. Thomas rated it really liked it Sep 07, The second part of the book discusses the military narrative itself, stretching from Excellent monograph on the most complicated and complex period in Inner Asian history of Manchus Mongols and Chinese. This is also a largely Sino-centric history, and some others might ask if an alternate perspective was possible. The use of primary sources becomes increasingly difficult with the broader scope I’m asking.

Pretty dense, but if you are at interested in modern world history before the 19th century, I’d say this is not to be missed.