China's Last Imperial Frontier: Late Qing Expansion in Sichuan's Tibetan Borderlands (Paperback)
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China's Last Imperial Frontier: Late Qing Expansion in Sichuan's Tibetan Borderlands (Paperback)

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Paperback 308 Pages / Published: 03/05/2013
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Combining rich documentation with rigorous analysis, China's Last Imperial Frontier illuminates the internal dynamics of regional power struggle and local resistance that shaped the empire's response to foreign imperialisms in Tibet. The book's extensive engagement with the issues of indigenous society, state capacities in frontier settings, interagency struggle, and regional power competition makes it indispensable reading for students of Sino-Tibetan relations and Qing history.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739184592
Number of pages: 308
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 226 x 153 x 23 mm


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Xiuyu Wang's book is an excellent narrative and analysis of the last frontier expansion project of the Qing, in the Tibetan region of western Sichuan. China's troubled relationship with its Tibetan population is one of the legacies of this early twentieth century effort. Wang combines geographical, ethnographic, and historical approaches very well, and connects his study to comparative literature on imperial expansion. This is a fascinating and impressive contribution to the study of modern China's frontier and ethnic history. -- Peter Perdue, Yale University
This is a finely wrought study of the expansion of the late Qing state on the southwestern frontier. It not only illuminates the political debates over how best to tame the 'wild west' of Kham, but gives a penetrating analysis of the connections between those policies, efforts at military modernization, and the rising tide of revolution in Sichuan. Carefully researched using original Chinese sources, Wang's account is a valuable addition to the growing literature on the place of the frontier in the making of modern China. -- Mark Elliott
One of the main strengths of the book is Wang's use of Chinese-language sources, including some Grand Council archival documents and hitherto unexplored Qing officials' accounts of Tibet. Wang provides a good analysis of the Qing motives and global issues that propelled aggressive frontier policies.... [T]he book is strong in its use of Chinese sources and does provide a good assessment of late Qing polices toward Tibet and Sino-Tibetan border regions. Xiuyu Wang's China's Last Imperial Frontier: Late Qing Expansion in Sichuan's Tibetan Borderlands is a welcome addition to the growing body of scholarly works on Kham, the Sino-Tibetan frontier. * Journal of Asian Studies *

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