By Pamela Kyle Crossley
Four maps during this landmark exploration of the origins of nationalism and cultural identification in China, Pamela Kyle Crossley lines the ways that a wide, early sleek empire of Eurasia, the Qing (1636-1912), included neighboring, yet disparate, political traditions right into a new type of emperorship. Drawing on a wide selection of fundamental assets, together with Manchu, Korean, and chinese language archival fabrics, Crossley argues that distortions brought in 17th- and eighteenth-century ancient files have blinded students to the particular process occasions within the early years of the dynasty. This groundbreaking research examines the connection among the more and more summary ideology of the centralizing emperorship of the Qing and the institution of suggestions of identification within the 17th and eighteenth centuries, sooner than the appearance of nationalism in China. Concluding with a broad-ranging postscript at the implications of her study for reports of nationalism and nation-building all through sleek chinese language heritage, A Translucent replicate combines a readable narrative with a cosmopolitan, revisionary examine China's background. Crossley's e-book will adjust present understandings of the Qing emperorship, the evolution of strategies of ethnicity, and the legacy of Qing rule for contemporary chinese language nationalism.
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Extra resources for A Translucent Mirror: History and Identity in Qing Imperial Ideology
This corresponded, with too much ease, to the Chinese (and English language) category of "non-Han" (lei han) "dynasties" (an improvement on the former description as "barbarian" dynasties). The resulting mono lithic assumption that there were "Chinese" dynasties that were somehow not conquest dynasties, contrasted to "conquest" dynasties, all of which had 60. " This is as well, since from the perspective of the history of thought there is no such thing. From the perspective of political ideology and rhetoric, how ever, "Confucianism," "Confucius," "neo-Confucianism," and so on are all iden tifiable objects.
Until rather recently the term "siniciza tion" was regarded as unproblematic by historians of China, though I have argued elsewhere 22 that the concept's lack of specificity muddles issues of cause and effect and inhibits questioning of a series of received notions about how and why the Chinese language, Chinese customs, and social structures have spread to various parts of East Asia. "Assimilation" and " accultura tion" are not as words or concepts denied to historians of China. Z3 As an idea in the intellectual history of studies of China, "sinicization" re mains interesting and important; as a theorem in contemporary discourse, it represents only a tangle of undemonstrable but sentimentally charged ex planations for cultural change in East Asia.
It afterwards was published under the title Konju jichong dorok, in Korea. In 1977 a new, corrected, and partially restored edition by Xu Huanpu was pub lished (in jiantizi). It appears that the original manuscript was lost long ago, but the text was entered into the Yijo sillok (Senjo reign). A well-known but less widely consulted account is that of Shin's rough contemporary Yi Minhwan, whose ac count of Hetu Ala and its environs was submitted to the Yi court in 1619-20. " 28 / Introduction bannerman Sayingge, which preserve independent historical traditions; and probably other sources yet undiscovered.
A Translucent Mirror: History and Identity in Qing Imperial Ideology by Pamela Kyle Crossley