A Translucent Mirror

A Translucent Mirror

Pamela Kyle Crossley









In this landmark exploration of the origins of nationalism and cultural identity in China, Pamela Kyle Crossley traces the ways in which a large, early modern empire of Eurasia, the Qing (1636-1912), incorporated neighboring, but disparate, political traditions into a new style of emperorship. Drawing on a wide variety of primary sources, including Manchu, Korean, and Chinese archival materials, Crossley argues that distortions introduced in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century historical records have blinded scholars to the actual course of events in the early years of the dynasty. This groundbreaking study examines the relationship between the increasingly abstract ideology of the centralizing emperorship of the Qing and the establishment of concepts of identity in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, before the advent of nationalism in China. Concluding with a broad-ranging postscript on the implications of her research for studies of nationalism and nation-building throughout modern Chinese history, A Translucent Mirror combines a readable narrative with a sophisticated, revisionary look at China's history. Crossley's book will alter current understandings of the Qing emperorship, the evolution of concepts of ethnicity, and the legacy of Qing rule for modern Chinese nationalism.

Pamela Kyle Crossley is Rosenwald Research Professor of History, Dartmouth College; author of Orphan Warriors: Three Manchu Generations and the End of the Qing World (1990) and The Manchus (1997); and coauthor (with Richard Bulliet and Dan Headrick) of The Earth and Its Peoples (1997).

The Qing ideas about the ruler and ideas about the ruled changed each other over the course of history. The identities of Manchu, Chinese, and Mongols are not monolithic and static fundamentals of the Qing order. Still unsure whether Crossley is suggesting identity was primarily embedded in ideology and whether that position differs from Elliot's.
No comment. A transparent mirror wanted....
看到Liaodongnese就默认是本很有见地的书了。postscript对梁启超和章炳麟的分析堪称功夫到位,顺理成章。看到乾隆帝的universal imperialism 穿越成Mao的 universal communism, 默默地笑出了声。
"sinicization" remains interesting and important; asa theorem in contemporary discourse, it represents only a tangle of undemonstrable but sentimentally charged explanations for cultural change in East Asia. 哈哈
这代表了那种“不乏灼见但是真看不下去再也不想看”的书;这书就是讨论 1)universal emperorship(Crossley认为欧亚帝国的共性)的意识形态 2)清朝创造并且固化满蒙汉藏甚至更多identities的历史过程。如果但是看了半天也不知道这二者有何关系。