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Conference Paper: Awkward angles: multi-frontier coordination in Mid-Qing Foreign Relations

TitleAwkward angles: multi-frontier coordination in Mid-Qing Foreign Relations
Authors
Issue Date2011
PublisherAAS-ICAS Joint Conference.
Citation
The 2011 Special Joint Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and the International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS), Honolulu, HI., 31 March-3 April 2011. How to Cite?
Abstract
The Qing state preferred to manage its foreign relations in discrete units, and historians have naturally tended to approach the subject within these regional segments by separating Inner Asia from China (especially the maritime frontier), or concentrating on even narrower zones. This approach, despite its utility, sidesteps the question of how, and in what contexts, it is useful to consider the Qing empire an integrated entity that functioned as more than the sum of its diverse parts. This paper takes a step toward addressing this topic by examining episodes in Qing foreign relations that transcended regional boundaries, specifically policy debates concerning the military campaigns against Burma (1765-1770) and the Gurkhas (1788-1792), and the arrival of Russian ships at Canton (1805-1806). For Qing rulers, these were awkward cases that cut across normal administrative hierarchies. To manage them, it was necessary to use the full intelligence-gathering and policy-making resources of the empire. Studying the reaction of the Qing government in these cases is useful for two reasons. First, determining how resources from different corners of the empire were drawn together to solve geographic and strategic puzzles reveals intellectual and political ties connecting different frontiers of the empire that often remained hidden. Second, the rise of European imperialism in Asia forged links between Qing frontiers that had long been considered separate. Investigating the early stage of the Qing adaptation to this new reality sheds light on the empire’s policy choices and intelligence gathering later in the nineteenth century.
DescriptionIn celebration of 70 years of Asian Studies
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/136425

 

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dc.contributor.authorMosca, MWen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-27T02:16:04Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-27T02:16:04Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 2011 Special Joint Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and the International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS), Honolulu, HI., 31 March-3 April 2011.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/136425-
dc.descriptionIn celebration of 70 years of Asian Studies-
dc.descriptionChina and Inner Asia Session 713: Local Knowledge and Central Power in the Making of Chinese Inner Asia-
dc.description.abstractThe Qing state preferred to manage its foreign relations in discrete units, and historians have naturally tended to approach the subject within these regional segments by separating Inner Asia from China (especially the maritime frontier), or concentrating on even narrower zones. This approach, despite its utility, sidesteps the question of how, and in what contexts, it is useful to consider the Qing empire an integrated entity that functioned as more than the sum of its diverse parts. This paper takes a step toward addressing this topic by examining episodes in Qing foreign relations that transcended regional boundaries, specifically policy debates concerning the military campaigns against Burma (1765-1770) and the Gurkhas (1788-1792), and the arrival of Russian ships at Canton (1805-1806). For Qing rulers, these were awkward cases that cut across normal administrative hierarchies. To manage them, it was necessary to use the full intelligence-gathering and policy-making resources of the empire. Studying the reaction of the Qing government in these cases is useful for two reasons. First, determining how resources from different corners of the empire were drawn together to solve geographic and strategic puzzles reveals intellectual and political ties connecting different frontiers of the empire that often remained hidden. Second, the rise of European imperialism in Asia forged links between Qing frontiers that had long been considered separate. Investigating the early stage of the Qing adaptation to this new reality sheds light on the empire’s policy choices and intelligence gathering later in the nineteenth century.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherAAS-ICAS Joint Conference.-
dc.relation.ispartofJoint AAS-ICAS International Conference 2011en_US
dc.titleAwkward angles: multi-frontier coordination in Mid-Qing Foreign Relationsen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailMosca, MW: mosca@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityMosca, MW=rp00871en_US
dc.description.naturelink_to_OA_fulltext-
dc.identifier.hkuros187075en_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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