By Mark C. Elliott
This e-book, the 1st in any language to be established regularly on Manchu records, offers a considerably new point of view at the formative interval of the trendy chinese language state. Drawing on fresh severe notions of ethnicity, the writer explores the evolution of the “Eight Banners,” a different Manchu approach of social and army association that was once instrumental within the conquest of the Ming.
The writer argues that as rulers of China the Manchu conquerors needed to behave like Confucian monarchs, yet that as a non-Han minority they confronted different, extra complicated issues in addition. Their strength derived not just from the reputation of orthodox chinese language notions of legitimacy, but additionally, the writer indicates, from Manchu “ethnic sovereignty,” which relied on the sustained coherence of the conquerors.
When, within the early 1700s, this coherence was once threatened by means of speedy acculturation and the potential lack of Manchu specialty, the Qing court docket, continuously insecure, desperately instructed its minions to uphold the traditions of an idealized “Manchu Way.” notwithstanding, the writer exhibits that it was once now not this allure yet really the articulation of a broader id grounded within the realities of 8 Banner existence that succeeded in retaining Manchu ethnicity, and the Qing dynasty besides it, into the 20 th century.
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