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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The China we know is a product of these vast conquests. The Beijing government today faces unrest on its frontiers from peoples who reject its autocratic rule.

You could not be signed in. I strongly recommended this book for specialists, Sinologists, and everybody at grad student level or above. The China we know is a product of these vast conquests. How could a power so vast, with such advanced weaponry and a modern political apparatus, be brought so low by the end of the 19th century? Apr 09, Thomas rated it it was amazing. It was a political arrangement which would survive albeit in Soviet-Maoist form until There are less than pages on the military narrative, and almost all of the rest are on the repercussions thereof.

From about tothe Qing cetral of China expanded to unprecedented size. Jul 12, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: The subject is refreshing, the methods innovative, the sources are little used or old ones analysed in a new light, a wide array of perspectives presented, well placed in wider regional and global history and yet I only give marchea two stars? I could go on, but I would be just as guilty of repeating myself as the author was.

China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia

His nonsense books, mo …. When he writes about events he stresses ‘the indeterminacy of the outcome’. A shame for I can feel the raw amount of energy and dedication that went into this book.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Our recent titles are available centrall Edelweiss. Perdue’s account matches comprehensive, in-depth and entertaining. The Qing needed to secure a source of high quality horses for military purposes, and to reduce to pressure on frontier regions from nomadic tribes.

Don’t have an account? He looks at the political expansion and timeline of events in the books first half. Perdue is about a century or so of Qing Chinese history, spanning the Qing conquests of Mongolia, Xinjiang and Tibet during the 17th and 18th centuries. Refresh and try again. It’s true I was bored stiff by grain transportation when I read this, but of such stuff is history on-the-ground made.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. In this massive and beautifully illustrated volume, Peter C. The Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong Emperor’s are examined in depth, conqusst how they proceeded in the Qing conquest of Zungharia, negotiations with a rapidly expanding Russia and Russian demands for trading markets, furs and minerals, with the Tibetan Lama’s, and with other steppe peoples, including the Muslim rulers of Turkestan and the Kazakhs.

The Qing desire to match economic growth in newly conquered territories with security needs was essential. Historians deal far too much in ‘biological imagery and mechanical causation’ particularly when they talk about steppe events — as conquesr nomads never changed, or indeed have no minds of their own.

Through astute diplomacy, economic investment, and a series of ambitious military campaigns into the heart of Central Eurasia, the Manchu rulers defeated the Zunghar Mongols, and brought all of modern Xinjiang and Mongolia under their control, while gaining dominant influence in Tibet. A central focus in this part of the book is the campaign against the Mongol leader Galdan led by the Kangxi Emperor r.

Map of the Zunghar Empire, pg. Hossein Aghaie rated it liked it Aug 06, I knew I didn’t do justice to this book. To explore the process of Chinese imperialism into the west whilst reflecting on the qinh powers 1, year quixotic crusades into the east is illuminating.


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Moreover, I found some of the sentences, particularly in the eyrasia half, too equivocating and vague. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Frustrating even more is that the rest of the book is way better, less cluttered with overly detailed descriptions. Here, Perdue asserts that it is the vast Wwest Eurasian steppe which is the common element in the formation of three states – Manchu, Mongol, and Russian.

China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia by Peter C. Perdue

Account Options Sign in. 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: This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve.

The fifth eurawia final part of the book is about the legacies of these northern frontier wars, and a re-interpretation of the role of the Qing Empire and its influence on Modern China. The Zunghars attempted to extract agricultural and mining resourcecs from their territories and attempted to control their own dominions with greater speed and accuracy.

He examines grain yields in China’s north-western provinces of Gansu, Shanxi and so on. To ask other readers marxhes about China Marches Westplease sign up.

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