9780520230156

Empire at the Margins

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520230156

  • ISBN10:

    0520230159

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-01-19
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Summary

Focusing on the Ming (1368-1644) and (especially) the Qing (1364-1912) eras, this book analyzes crucial moments in the formation of cultural, regional, and religious identities. The contributors examine the role of the state in a variety of environments on China's "peripheries," paying attention to shifts in law, trade, social stratification, and cultural dialogue. They find that local communities were critical participants in the shaping of their own identities and consciousness as well as the character and behavior of the state. At certain times the state was institutionally definitive, but it could also be symbolic and contingent. They demonstrate how the imperial discourse is many-faceted, rather than a monolithic agent of cultural assimilation.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Notes to Readers ix
Introduction 1(26)
PART I. IDENTITY AT THE HEART OF EMPIRE
Ethnicity in the Qing Eight Banners
27(31)
Mark C. Elliott
Making Mongols
58(25)
Pamela Kyle Crossley
``A Fierce and Brutal People'': On Islam and Muslims in Qing Law
83(30)
Jonathan N. Lipman
PART II. NARRATIVE WARS AT THE NEW FRONTIERS
The Qing and Islam on the Western Frontier
113(22)
James A. Millward
Laura J. Newby
The Cant of Conquest: Tusi Offices and China's Political Incorporation of the Southwest Frontier
135(36)
John E. Herman
PART III. OLD CONTESTS OF THE SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST
The Yao Wars in the Mid-Ming and their Impact on Yao Ethnicity
171(19)
David Faure
Ethnicity and the Miao Frontier in the Eighteenth Century
190(39)
Donald S. Sutton
Ethnicity, Conflict, and the State in the Early to Mid-Qing: The Hainan Highlands, 1644--1800
229(26)
Anne Csete
PART IV. UNCHARTED BOUNDARIES
Ethnic Labels in a Mountainous Region: The Case of She ``Bandits''
255(30)
Wing-hoi Chan
Lineage, Market, Pirate, and Dan: Ethnicity in the Pearl River Delta of South China
285(26)
Helen F. Siu
Liu Zhiwei
Conclusion 311(10)
Notes on Contributors 321(4)
Bibliography 325(22)
Glossary of Characters 347(20)
Index 367

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