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The blue frontier: maritime vision and power in the Qing Empire

Po, Ronald C. ORCID: 0000-0002-9678-0536 (2018) The blue frontier: maritime vision and power in the Qing Empire. Cambridge Oceanic Histories. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781108424615

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Identification Number: 10.1017/9781108341134


In this revisionist history of the eighteenth-century Qing Empire from a maritime perspective, Ronald C. Po argues that it is reductive to view China over this period exclusively as a continental power with little interest in the sea. With a coastline of almost 14,500 kilometers, the Qing was not a landlocked state. Although it came to be known as an inward-looking empire, Po suggests that the Qing was integrated into the maritime world through its naval development and customs institutionalization. In contrast to our orthodox perception, the Manchu court, in fact, deliberately engaged with the ocean politically, militarily, and even conceptually. The Blue Frontier offers a much broader picture of the Qing as an Asian giant responding flexibly to challenges and extensive interaction on all frontiers - both land and sea - in the long eighteenth century.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2018 The Author
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
V Naval Science > V Naval Science (General)
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2018 12:07
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2024 07:30

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