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The Last Emperors: A Social History of Qing Imperial Institutions

Evelyn Rawski


The Qing Dynasty (1644–1911) was the last and arguably the greatest of the conquest dynasties to rule China. Its rulers, Manchus from the north, held power for three centuries despite major cultural and ideological differences with the Han majority. This book offers a new interpretation of the remarkable success of this dynasty, arguing that it derived not from the assimilation of the dominant Chinese culture, as has previously been believed, but rather from an artful synthesis of Manchu leadership styles with Han Chinese policies.

Keywords: Qing Dynasty, Manchus, Han majority, Han Chinese policies, China, dynasties

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780520212893
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520212893.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Evelyn Rawski, author