By Wensheng Wang

The reign of Emperor Jiaqing (1796-1820 CE) has lengthy occupied an ungainly place in stories of China's final dynasty, the Qing (1644-1911 CE). with ease marking a watershed among the wealthy eighteenth century and the tragic post-Opium warfare period, this region century has however been glossed over as an unremarkable interlude keeping apart well-studied epochs of serious transformation. White Lotus Rebels and South China Pirates presents an incredible reassessment of this misunderstood interval by means of reading how the emperors, bureaucrats, and foreigners spoke back to the 2 crises that formed the transition from the Qianlong to the Jiaqing reign.

Wensheng Wang argues that the dramatic blend of inner rebellion and transnational piracy, instead of being a trademark of inexorable dynastic decline, propelled the Manchu courtroom to reorganize itself via a chain of variations in policymaking and bureaucratic constitution. The ensuing Jiaqing reforms initiated a strategy of nation retreat that pulled the Qing Empire out of a cycle of competitive overextension and resistance, and again onto a extra sustainable tune of improvement. even though this pragmatic striving for political sustainability used to be not able to save lots of the dynasty from final cave in, it represented a sturdy and confident method of the compounding difficulties dealing with the past due Qing regime and helped maintain it for an additional century. As some of the most entire money owed of the Jiaqing reign, White Lotus Rebels and South China Pirates provides a clean figuring out of this crucial turning element in China's lengthy imperial history.

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