China's Last Empire

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Harvard University Press, Oct 15, 2009 - History - 360 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

Contents

Introduction
1
Conquest I I
11
Governance
31
High Qing
63
Society
122
Crises
149
Rebellion
175
Restoration
201
Imperialism
231
o Revolution
284
Emperors and Dynasties
291
Bibliography
317
Acknowledgments
345
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Timothy Brook is Professor of History at the University of British Columbia.

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