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Our Great Qing: The Mongols, Buddhism, and the State in Late Imperial China Paperback – January 1, 2006
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Elverskog'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.
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.
In 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.
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.
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"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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.