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Emperor Qianlong Son of Heaven, Man of the World



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This new entry in the Longman Library of World Biography series offers an intimate and provocative account of the Manchu emperor Qianlong (1711-1799), one of the worldrs"s great empire-builders, who helped build the foundation of the modern Chinese nation. During the 64 years of Qianlongrs"s rule, Chinars"s population more than doubled, its territory increased by one-third, its cities flourished, and its manufactures tea, silk, porcelain were principal items of international commerce. Based on original Chinese and Manchu-language sources, and drawing on the latest scholarship, this is the biography of the man who, in presiding over imperial Chinars"s last golden epoch, created the geographic and demographic framework of modern China. This accessible account describes the personal struggles and public drama surrounding one of the major political figures of the early modern age, with special consideration given to the emperorrs"s efforts to rise above ethnic divisions and to encompass the political and religious traditions of Han Chinese, Mongols, Tibetans, Turks, and other peoples of his realm. In addition to becoming familiar with one of the most remarkable figures in world history, readers will find that learning about Emperor Qianlong will add greatly to their appreciation of Chinars"s place in the world of the eighteenth century and will deepen their understanding of Chinars"s place in the world today.

Author Biography

About the Author Mark C. Elliott is the Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. Professor Elliott began the study of Chinese history at Yale, where he earned his BA and MA, and completed his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. He is among the very few historians in the United States trained in the use of Manchu-language sources, upon which his first book, The Manchu Way: The Eight Banners and Ethnic Identity in Late Imperial China (Stanford, 2001), is based. He is currently at work on a new book examining the connections between the Qing empire and modern China.

Table of Contents

Editor's Prefacep. viii
Author's Prefacep. ix
List of Maps and Illustrationsp. xiii
Emperor in the Makingp. 1
Death of an Emperorp. 1
Rearing a Princep. 3
Young Hunglip. 5
Destined to Rulep. 7
Favorite Sonp. 9
Qianlong Takes Chargep. 12
The New Emperorp. 12
Overview of the Qing Imperiump. 13
His Father's Legacyp. 18
First Stepsp. 19
Experiments with Authorityp. 21
The Emperor's Schedulep. 23
Early Successes on the Frontierp. 25
Consolidator or Innovator?p. 28
Finding His Stridep. 30
Family, Ritual, and Dynastic Rulep. 34
Filial Sonp. 35
Qianlong and His Motherp. 36
Married to the Emperorp. 39
Death of an Empressp. 41
More Hair-Cuttingp. 44
The Lonely Widowerp. 46
All My Childrenp. 47
The Dilemma of Manchu Successp. 50
Condemned by Successp. 50
The Jin Precedentp. 51
The Creation of the Manchusp. 53
The Dilemma of the Manchu Occupationp. 54
The Power of Wordsp. 56
Inventing Historyp. 58
Taming Shamanic Ritesp. 60
Warrior Waysp. 61
Hunting for Real Menp. 64
Protecting the Rootsp. 65
The Peripatetic Sovereignp. 68
The Politics of Touringp. 68
You Can Go Home Againp. 71
The Buddhist Pilgrimp. 72
The Ardent Confucianp. 76
The Southern Toursp. 78
Building the Empirep. 86
The Warrior Kingp. 88
The Conquest of the Far West: The First Dzungar Campaignp. 90
The Second Dzungar Campaignp. 93
The Conquest of the Tarimp. 95
The Limits of Empirep. 97
The Qing and Islamp. 99
Inscribing Victoryp. 100
Mapping Victoryp. 101
The Look of Victoryp. 102
Renaissance Manp. 107
A Portrait of the Artistp. 108
The Poetp. 111
The Collectorp. 113
Possessing the Worldp. 116
The Patron of Lettersp. 117
The Censorp. 121
Intellectual Agendasp. 123
Qing China and the Worldp. 125
Foreign Relations and the Tribute Systemp. 126
In His Majesty's Special Servicep. 129
Guests from Afarp. 131
All the Tea in Chinap. 132
The Macartney Missionp. 134
China in the Worldp. 139
Order and Decline in the Late Qianlong Erap. 143
The Later Qianlong Empirep. 143
Qianlong and Tibetp. 144
Population and Economyp. 146
Securing the People's Welfarep. 149
Limits of Authorityp. 151
Heżen and the Perennial Problem of Corruptionp. 153
The Center Cannot Holdp. 157
The Final Actp. 160
Conclusionp. 162
Pronunciation Key and Glossaryp. 168
Timeline of the Qianlong Erap. 177
Bibliographic Essayp. 179
Indexp. 187
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