China's Last Empire: The Great Qing

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Harvard University Press, Feb 15, 2010 - 368 pages
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In a brisk revisionist history, William Rowe challenges the standard narrative of Qing China as a decadent, inward-looking state that failed to keep pace with the modern West. This original, thought-provoking history of China's last empire is a must-read for understanding the challenges facing China today.
 

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A sound introduction to the much-maligned Qing dynasty. A popular perception, at least from some mainlanders, is that the Qing were an inherently corrupt and decrepit set of foreign invaders, doomed ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Conquest
11
2 Governance
31
3 High Qing
63
4 Society
90
5 Commerce
122
6 Crises
149
7 Rebellion
175
10 Revolution
253
Conclusion
284
Emperors and Dynasties
291
Pronunciation Guide
293
Notes
294
Bibliography
317
Acknowledgments
345
Index
347

8 Restoration
201
9 Imperialism
231

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About the author (2010)

William T. Rowe is John and Diane Cooke Professor of Chinese History at Johns Hopkins University.

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