This book explores issues of ethnicity and historical interpretation within Qing history from the perspective of the Manchu rulers, addressing a major theme in modern histories of the dynasty: the early Manchu rulers' adoption of “a policy of systematic sinicization” as the key to their success. It notes that the “sinicization model” in Chinese history emerged from debate about how the nation was to be defined after the end of the Qing dynasty in 1912. The chapter argues that the key to Qing achievement lay in its ability to implement flexible culturally specific policies aimed at the major non-Han peoples inhabiting the Inner Asian peripheries in the empire.
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