Cambridge History of China: Volume 09: The Chíng Dynasty to 1800. Part 1. Hardback

  • Cambridge History of China: Volume 09: Part 1: The Chíng Dynasty to 1800. Hardback
  • Willard J. Peterson
  • 780 pages, 3 line diagrams 12 tables 12 maps. 2003

Chapter Contents
1. State building before 1644 Gertraude Roth Li; 2. The Ch’ing conquest under the Shun-chih reign Jerry Dennerline; 3. The K’ang-hsi reign Jonathan Spence; 4. The Yung-cheng reign Madeleine Zelin; 5. The Ch’ien-lung reign Alexander Woodside; 6. The conquest elites of the Ch'ing empire Pamela Crossley; 7. The social roles of literati Benjamin Elman; 8. Women, families, and gender relations Susan Mann; 9. Social stability and social change William Rowe; 10. Economic developments Ramon Myers and Yeh-chien Wang

This volume of the Cambridge History of China considers the political, military, social, and economic developments of the Ch’ing empire to 1800. The period begins with the end of the resurgent Ming dynasty, covered in volumes 7 and 8, and ends with the beginning of the collapse of the imperial system in the nineteenth century, described in volume 10. Taken together, the ten chapters elucidate the complexities of the dynamic interactions between emperors and their servitors, between Manchus and non-Manchu populations, between various elite groups, between competing regional interests, between merchant networks and agricultural producers, between rural and urban interests, and, at work among all these tensions, between the old and new. This volume presents the changes underway in this period prior to the advent of Western imperialist military power