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Empire and Identity in Guizhou: Local Resistance to Qing Expansion

Jodi L. Weinstein ; foreword by Stevan Harrell
Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2014]
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Empire & identity in Guizhou
Local resistance to Qing expansion
Studies on ethnic groups in China
9780295993263 (hardback : alk. paper), 029599326X (hardback : alk. paper), 9780295993270 (pbk. : alk. paper), 0295993278 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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"This historical investigation describes the Qing imperial authorities' attempts to consolidate control over the Zhongjia, a non-Han population, in eighteenth-century Guizhou, a poor, remote, and environmentally harsh province in Southwest China. Far from submitting peaceably to the state's quest for hegemony, the locals clung steadfastly to livelihood choices--chiefly illegal activities such as robbery, raiding, and banditry--that had played an integral role in their cultural and economic survival. Using archival materials, indigenous folk narratives, and ethnographic research, Jodi L. Weinstein shows how these seemingly subordinate populations challenged state power. Jodi L. Weinstein teaches history at The College of New Jersey"--
"Empire and Identity in Guizhou is a study of stormy ethnic relations in eighteenth-century Guizhou Province between the Qing state and the Zhongjia ethnic group, which culminated in the Nanlong Uprising in 1797. As the imperial state extended its control into frontier areas such as Mongolia, Tibet, and the southwest, it encountered difficulty incorporating non-Han people into the empire. The Zhongjia in particular were difficult to control, because the state could not employ religion as a political tool, as it did with ethnic minorities who were Buddhist; nor were literary tactics useful with the nonliterate Zhongjia. Weinstein shows how the Zhongjia maintained autonomy through livelihood choices, and how their "creative resistance" ranged from subterfuge to outright rebellion. This engagingly written and dramatic case study demonstrates how the Qing empire really worked and contributes toward a broader understanding of imperialism and colonialism"--
  • Guizhou and the livelihoods approach to Zhongjia history
  • Natural, human, and historical landscapes
  • The consolidation of Qing rule
  • Livelihood choices in the mid-eighteenth century
  • The Nanlong uprising of 1797
  • A legacy of fragile hegemony.
xiii, 217 pages : maps ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-199) and index.
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