This excellent study fills a distinct gap in existing scholarship ... Johan Elverskog lays the foundation not only for understanding traditional Mongol identities under the Qing empire but for a reevaluation of the cultural history of eighteenth-century Mongolia as well. --History of ReligionsElverskog's book is a pleasure to read, managing as it does to weave together a detailed knowledge of modern Mongol history and the broad scope of its relevance for Asian history... He frames his arguments within a wide-ranging body of theoretical work... At the same time, this book is refreshingly comparative.
--Journal of Chinese Religions Masterful . . . represents an important contribution to the 'new Qing history' that is now changing the image of late imperial China by offering more nuanced interpretations of this period.
--International Journal of Asian StudiesIn a major contribution to scholarship, Johan Elverskog has drawn on sources not previously translated into European languages to offer fascinating insights into the strategies by which the Manchu dynasty promoted the Gelukpa Buddhist tradition in the service of its imperial ambitions. Our Great Qing breaks new ground.
--The Middle Way Our Great Qing has brilliantly completed a most important task: putting forward many new questions, opening numerous prospects, and making us go deeper in our understanding of the history of the Qing and Mongolia.
--Journal of Religion
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From the Back Cover
"Johan Elverskog has rewritten the political and intellectual history of Mongolia from the bottom up, telling a convincing story that clarifies for the first time the revolutions which Mongolian concepts of community, rule, and religion underwent from 1500 to 1900. His account of Qing rule in Mongolia doesnt just tell us what images the Qing emperors wished to project, but also what images the Mongols accepted themselves, and how these changed over the centuries. In the scope of time it covers, the originality of the views advanced, and the accuracy of the scholarship upon which it is based, Our Great Qing
seems destined to mark a watershed in Mongolian studies. It will be essential reading for specialists in Mongolian studies and will make an important contribution and riposte to the new Qing history now changing the face of late imperial Chinese history. Specialists in Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhisms interaction with the political realm will also find in this work challenging and thought-provoking." Christopher Atwood, Indiana University
"In a sweeping overview of four centuries of Mongolian history that draws on previously untapped sources, Johan Elverskog opens up totally new perspectives on some of the most urgent questions historians have recently raised about the role of Buddhism in the constitution of the Qing empire. Theoretically informed and strongly comparative in approach, Elverskogs work tells a fascinating and important story that will interest all scholars working at the intersection of religion and politics." Mark Elliott, Harvard University