Our Great Qing

Author: Johan Elverskog
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 0824830210
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Our Great Qing from the Author: Johan Elverskog. Although it is generally believed that the Manchus controlled the Mongols through their patronage of Tibetan Buddhism, scant attention has been paid to the Mongol view of the Qing imperial project. In contrast to other accounts of Manchu rule, Our Great Qing focuses not only on what images the metropole wished to project into Mongolia, but also on what images the Mongols acknowledged themselves. Rather than accepting the Manchu's use of Buddhism, Johan Elverskog begins by questioning the static, unhistorical, and hegemonic view of political life implicit in the Buddhist explanation. By stressing instead the fluidity of identity and Buddhist practice as processes continually developing in relation to state formations, this work explores how Qing policies were understood by Mongols and how they came to see themselves as Qing subjects.

The Great Qing Code

Author: William C. Jones
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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The Great Qing Code from the Author: William C. Jones. Until recently Chinese law was not much studied either in China or abroad, but it is now generally realized that law has been enormously important in Chinese society. The result has been a surge in new scholarship on Chinese legal history that has begun to influence perceptions of the imperial Chinese state and society in the broader sinological community, and is sure to have an impact on scholars of contemporary China. With this development of interest in Chinese law among sinologists has come a realization among students of comparative law of the necessity to include Chinese law as part of a fully informed view of comparative law. The Great Qing Code is the only accurate and complete English translation of the body of law which lay at the center of the Chinese law during the last dynasty of the Chinese Empire (1644-1911). As such it is certain to be a great aid and stimulus to the contemporary study of Chinese law.

Sources Of Vietnamese Tradition

Author: Jayne Werner
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231511108
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Sources Of Vietnamese Tradition from the Author: Jayne Werner. This work covers Vietnamese culture from its origins to the present. Vietnamese culture is heterogeneous, reflecting the country's shifting geography and multiple peoples over the past two thousand years. It has maintained its independent nature while at the same time interacting closely with China and other Southeast Asian communities. The book is divided into seven parts: Vietnamese origins, the Buddhist era, the Confucian era, the Trinh-Nguyen and Tay Son eras, the Nguyen dynasty, the Colonial era, and the era of independence. Each part includes descriptions of the land, society, culture, religion, philosophy, and economy of Vietnam, as well as patterns of governance adopted from China and elsewhere. Most of the selections are Vietnamese in origin, with some descriptions of the country by outsiders. Each part, chapter, and selection is prefaced by introductory comments, and there are chronological tables and pronunciation guides.

The Baron S Cloak

Author: Willard Sunderland
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801471060
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The Baron S Cloak from the Author: Willard Sunderland. Baron Roman Fedorovich von Ungern-Sternberg (1885–1921) was a Baltic German aristocrat and tsarist military officer who fought against the Bolsheviks in Eastern Siberia during the Russian Civil War. From there he established himself as the de facto warlord of Outer Mongolia, the base for a fantastical plan to restore the Russian and Chinese empires, which then ended with his capture and execution by the Red Army as the war drew to a close. In The Baron’s Cloak, Willard Sunderland tells the epic story of the Russian Empire’s final decades through the arc of the Baron’s life, which spanned the vast reaches of Eurasia. Tracking Ungern’s movements, he transits through the Empire’s multinational borderlands, where the country bumped up against three other doomed empires, the Habsburg, Ottoman, and Qing, and where the violence unleashed by war, revolution, and imperial collapse was particularly vicious. In compulsively readable prose that draws on wide-ranging research in multiple languages, Sunderland recreates Ungern’s far-flung life and uses it to tell a compelling and original tale of imperial success and failure in a momentous time. Sunderland visited the many sites that shaped Ungern’s experience, from Austria and Estonia to Mongolia and China, and these travels help give the book its arresting geographical feel. In the early chapters, where direct evidence of Ungern’s activities is sparse, he evokes peoples and places as Ungern would have experienced them, carefully tracing the accumulation of influences that ultimately came together to propel the better documented, more notorious phase of his career Recurring throughout Sunderland’s magisterial account is a specific artifact: the Baron’s cloak, an essential part of the cross-cultural uniform Ungern chose for himself by the time of his Mongolian campaign: an orangey-gold Mongolian kaftan embroidered in the Khalkha fashion yet outfitted with tsarist-style epaulettes on the shoulders. Like his cloak, Ungern was an imperial product. He lived across the Russian Empire, combined its contrasting cultures, fought its wars, and was molded by its greatest institutions and most volatile frontiers. By the time of his trial and execution mere months before the decree that created the USSR, he had become a profoundly contradictory figure, reflecting both the empire’s potential as a multinational society and its ultimately irresolvable limitations.

Heaven On Earth

Author: Richard Landes
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199831815
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Heaven On Earth from the Author: Richard Landes. Millennialists through the ages have looked forward to the apocalyptic moment that will radically transform society into heaven on earth. They have delivered withering critiques of their own civilizations and promised both the impending annihilation of the forces of evil and the advent of a perfect society. And all their promises have invariably failed. We tend, therefore, to dismiss these prophets of doom and salvation as crackpots and madmen, and not surprisingly historians of our secular era have tended to underestimate their impact on our modern world. Now, Richard Landes offers a lucid and ground-breaking analysis of this widely misunderstood phenomenon. This long-awaited study shows that many events typically regarded as secular--including the French Revolution, Marxism, Bolshevism, Nazism--not only contain key millennialist elements, but follow the apocalyptic curve of enthusiastic launch, disappointment and (often catastrophic) re-entry into "normal time." Indeed, as Landes examines the explicit millennialism behind such recent events as the emergence of Global Jihad since 1979, he challenges the common notion that modern history is largely driven by secular interests. By focusing on ten widely different case studies, none of which come from Judaism or Christianity, he shows that millennialism is not only a cultural universal, but also an extremely adaptive social phenomenon that persists across the modern and post-modern divides. At the same time, he also offers valuable insight into the social and psychological factors that drive such beliefs. Ranging from ancient Egypt to modern-day UFO cults and global Jihad, Heaven on Earth both delivers an eye-opening revisionist argument for the significance of millennialism throughout history and alerts the reader to the alarming spread of these ideologies in our world today.

The Junk Trade From Southeast Asia

Author: Yoneo Ishii
Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
ISBN: 9812300228
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The Junk Trade From Southeast Asia from the Author: Yoneo Ishii. At a time when other sources on Southeast Asia were relatively scarce, a remarkable set of reports were compiled in Nagasaki from the evidence of Chinese junk captains arriving from Southern ports. Hundreds of these reports have been preserved in Japan covering the period 1674–1723. Though published in Japanese, they have never been available in any other language to Southeast Asianists, and thus have usually been ignored in histories of the region. They reveal a great deal about not only the East Asia trade of Siam, Cambodia, the Malayan Peninsula and Java, but also the internal conflicts and political systems of the area. The book serves to provide researchers with data that was previously inaccessible.

Tribal Communities In The Malay World

Author: Geoffrey Benjamin
Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
ISBN: 9812301666
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Tribal Communities In The Malay World from the Author: Geoffrey Benjamin. Explores the ways in which the character of tribal societies relate to the Malay kingdoms that have held power in the region for many centuries past, as well as to the modern nation-states of the region. It brings together researchers committed to comparative analysis of the tribal groups living on either side of the Malacca Straits.

Of Body And Brush

Author: Angela Zito
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226987293
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Of Body And Brush from the Author: Angela Zito. The Qianlong emperor, who dominated the religious and political life of 18th-century China, was in turn dominated by elaborate ritual prescriptions. These texts determined what he wore and ate, how he moved, and how he performed the yearly Grand Sacrifices. OF BODY AND BRUSH shows how ritualizing power was produced jointly by the throne and the official literati who dictated the prescriptions. Illustrated.