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Presidential Address: Reenvisioning the Qing: The Significance of the Qing Period in Chinese History

Evelyn S. Rawski
The Journal of Asian Studies
Vol. 55, No. 4 (Nov., 1996), pp. 829-850
DOI: 10.2307/2646525
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2646525
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Presidential Address: Reenvisioning the Qing: The Significance of the Qing Period in Chinese History
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Abstract

Evelyn S. Rawski's presidential address assesses current formulations regarding the significance of the Qing period in Chinese history. Using Ho Ping-ti's state-of-Qing-historiography piece of 1967 (JAS, 26, 2) as a point of departure, she measures the advances made by recent work which has benefited from improved access to new sources in Chinese and in Manchu, branched out into new topics and themes, concentrated on earlier moments of this period, and shifted attention to the peripheries of the Qing Empire. A notable outcome of the new scholarship is the rejection of the sinicization thesis and its Han-centered orientation in favor of an empire-building model that emphasizes the importance of the Chinese Empire's "cultural links with the non-Han Peoples of Inner Asia" and the distinctions between "the administration of the non-Han regions from the administration of the former Ming provinces." What implications the new findings have for ongoing debates about the Chinese nation and Chinese nationalism are also broached her

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