- Publisher: The Belknap Press
- Format: Hardback | 640 pages
- Dimensions: 168mm x 246mm x 46mm | 1,429g
- Publication date: 30 April 2005
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass.
- ISBN 10: 067401684X
- ISBN 13: 9780674016842
- Edition statement: New.
- Illustrations note: 25ill.25col.ill.14tabs.10M.
- Sales rank: 548,470
From about 1600 to 1800, the Qing empire of China expanded to unprecedented size. Through astute diplomacy, economic investment, and a series of ambitious military campaigns into the heart of Central Eurasia, the Manchu rulers defeated the Zunghar Mongols, and brought all of modern Xinjiang and Mongolia under their control.
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This is a sumptuous book, beautifully written, beautifully illustrated and beautifully produced. It is a joy to hold and to read. The subject is dramatic, the conquest of Central Eurasia by the Qing (Manchu) Dynasty, from the seventeenth to the eighteenth century. It tells a story, in alternating sections of narrative and analysis, that is both historical and modern. The extension of Qing power continues to have huge implications for China and for the geopolitics of North and Central Asia. The book is based on impeccable scholarship; the author has used such a rich range of sources, in seven languages, that the work must be described as definitive.--Diana Lary "Pacific Affairs "