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A Translucent Mirror: History and Identity in Qing Imperial Ideology

Pamela KyleCrossley


In this landmark exploration of the origins of nationalism and cultural identity in China, the author traces the ways in which a large, early modern empire of Eurasia, the Qing (1636–1912), incorporated neighboring, but disparate, political traditions into a new style of emperorship. Drawing on a wide variety of primary sources, including Manchu, Korean, and Chinese archival materials, she argues that distortions introduced in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century historical records have blinded scholars to the actual course of events in the early years of the dynasty. The study examines the rel ... More

Keywords: nationalism, cultural identity, Qing dynasty, Eurasia, emperorship, Manchu, China, Korea

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520215665
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520215665.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pamela KyleCrossley, author