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{Read E-pub} Ê The Manchus Î This book relates the history of the Manchus, the rise and fall of their vast empire and their legacy today As a Chinese history lover, I thought I knew a lot about the Manchus already its rise, conquest and the Qing empire in general Raised in Hong Kong, the standard Chinese history narrative portrays Qing as a dynasty of the ever lasting Chinese empire The Manchus were quickly sinicized after their conquest, like all other barbarians in Chinese history Manchus simply becomes Chinese, the Chinese culture prevails.When I bought this book from a second hand bookstore, I was expecting a casual rea As a Chinese history lover, I thought I knew a lot about the Manchus already its rise, conquest and the Qing empire in general Raised in Hong Kong, the standard Chinese history narrative portrays Qing as a dynasty of the ever lasting Chinese empire The Manchus were quickly sinicized after their conquest, like all other barbarians in Chinese history Manchus simply becomes Chinese, the Chinese culture prevails.When I bought this book from a second hand bookstore, I was expecting a casual reading about the Manchus I want to learn about interactions between Manchus and non Chinese, like the Mongols, Russians and other Central Asians I didn t realize this book is written by a pioneer of a revisionist narrative of the Manchus and the Qing empire This book opens my eyes.This book gives detailed account about the Manchus before the conquest of China in 1644, its origin, constituents, social structure and its evolution, relationship with neighboring regimes, especially the Ming, the Korean court and the Mongols This part of the Manchu history is much richer than I previously learnt which only looked at Chinese sources Many myths broken The progress of conquest and expansion of the Qing empire is also very interesting More myths broken.The chapter on emperor Qianlong is the high point of the book Qianlong exemplifies the Qing rule a universal empire with multiple nationality Rather than being sinicized, as popular artworks often portray him to be, Qianlong is a strong defender of the Manchu culture who happens to be interested in other cultures as well, Chinese, Mongolian in particular.After that, the book s narrative is close to the traditional one, other than that about the Manchu identity in the nationalistic sense Therefore, it brings less stimulation but still well written a narrative The comparison between Qing and other Eurasian land empires Romanov in Russia, Ottoman, Monguls in India is very insightful This book is quite good through about 1800 the author seems sure of herself and her knowledge of the Kangxi and Qianlong reigns seemssurefooted Afterwards though it starts becomingandgeneral and any post 1911 analysis is, shall we say, not very useful.Her description of the founding of the Qing is quite good though, giving an idea of how the Manchus saw themselves as different and separate from the Han and then how they were able to consolidate and legitimate their rule. This book came out in the 90s, and I have been meaning to read it since the oughts when I was in undergrad Its a very strong cultural and political survey of the Manchu Jurchens which includes a fair amount of information on the pre Qing experience which is what I was most interested in as I already know my Qing history quite thoroughly.The only downside is the last two chapters are a bit basic and rote compared to what comes before But I imagine most people will not be getting the book for th This book came out in the 90s, and I have been meaning to read it since the oughts when I was in undergrad Its a very strong cultural and political survey of the Manchu Jurchens which includes a fair amount of information on the pre Qing experience which is what I was most interested in as I already know my Qing history quite thoroughly.The only downside is the last two chapters are a bit basic and rote compared to what comes before But I imagine most people will not be getting the book for the modern sections