The Wobbling Pivot, China since 1800 An Interpretive History

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-15
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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This comprehensive but concise narrative of China since the eighteenth century builds its story around the delicate relationship between central government and local communities.Rejects the traditional view of China as a wholly harmonious society based on principles of stability - the Unwobbling Pivot of Ezra Pound's translation of the Chinese classic Zhongyong Provides an original interpretation, arguing that developments can be explained through an understanding of China's surprising swings between centralization and decentralization, between local initiative and central authoritarianism Serves as an introduction to the subject, while readers with a background in Chinese history will find the book offers a personal perspective and addresses long-standing interpretive issues Supported by a variety of timelines, maps, illustrations, and extensive notes for further reading Places China's history within the context of global change

Author Biography

Pamela Kyle Crossley is Professor of Inner Asian, East Asian Intellectual and Chinese History at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. Her publications include The Manchus (Blackwell, 1997); A Translucent Mirror: History and Identity in Qing Ideology (1999); and What is Global History? (2008). She is a past Guggenheim Fellow and was awarded the Levenson Prize from the Association for Asian Studies in 2001. 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Foreword and Acknowledgments
The Wobbling Pivot
Sources of Order Under the Qing Empire
Sources of Disorder Under the Qing Empire
Essay: Strategic Borders
Qing and the World
Essay: Rebel Heroines
Essay: Hunan Takes the Lead
Essay: Water
Beiyang Ascendancy
Cultural Revolution
Essay: Manchus as Minorities
The Ubiquitous Center
Essay: Minerals
Essay: Health Risks
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