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Empire at the Margins – Culture, Ethnicity, and Frontier in Early Modern China - California Scholarship Online
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Empire at the Margins: Culture, Ethnicity, and Frontier in Early Modern China

Pamela KyleCrossley


Focusing on the Ming (1368–1644) and (especially) the Qing (1364–1912) eras, this book analyzes crucial moments in the formation of cultural, regional, and religious identities. The chapters examine the role of the state in a variety of environments on China's “peripheries,” paying attention to shifts in law, trade, social stratification, and cultural dialogue. They find that local communities were critical participants in the shaping of their own identities and consciousness as well as the character and behavior of the state. At certain times the state was institutionally definitive, but it c ... More

Keywords: Ming era, Qing era, cultural identity, regional identity, religious identity, law, trade, social stratification, cultural dialogue

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520230156
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230156.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pamela KyleCrossley, editor

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Pamela Kyle Crossley, Helen F. Siu, and Donald S. Sutton

Part I: Identity at the Heart of Empire

1 Ethnicity in the Qing Eight Banners

James A. Millward, and Mark C. Elliott

2 Making Mongols

Pamela Kyle Crossley

part II. Narrative Wars at the New Frontiers

4 The Qing and Islam on the Western Frontier

James A. Millward, and Laura J. Newby

Part III. Old Contests of the South and Southwest

Part IVUncharted Boundaries


Crossley Pamela Kyle, Helen F. Siu, and Donald S. Sutton