Across Forest, Steppe, and Mountain: Environment, Identity, by David A. Bello

By David A. Bello

During this e-book, David Bello deals a brand new and radical interpretation of the way China's final dynasty, the Qing (1644-1911), trusted the interrelationship among ecology and ethnicity to include the country's far-flung borderlands into the dynasty's increasing empire. The dynasty attempted to control the sustainable survival and compatibility of discrete borderland ethnic regimes in Manchuria, internal Mongolia, and Yunnan inside of a corporatist 'Han chinese language' imperial political order. This remarkable imperial unification ended in the nice human and ecological range that exists this present day. utilizing common technological know-how literature along with under-utilized and new resources within the Manchu language, Bello demonstrates how Qing growth and consolidation of empire was once depending on an exact and severe manipulation of nearby environmental relationships.

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Dissident hanspace Hanspace was existentially informed by qi, a dynamic substance circulating in shifting concentrations throughout Hanspace with both ecological and political effects. Qi was thus the key link between nature and culture in Hanspace and was primarily responsible for the dynastic cycle as it declines in one region to concentrate in another. This flux of qi can be, for Ming loyalists such as Wang Fuzhi, a catastrophe as qi drains away from China proper. For Qing loyalists, however, this flux progressively flows to the northeast to empower the rise of the Manchus beyond the Great Wall.

34 For overviews, see Bao, “Environmental History in China,” 475–99; Zhao Zhen, “Zhongguo huanjing shi yanjiu,” 122–24; Zhu Shiguang, “Qingdai shengtai huanjing,” 51–54. ” 35 See, for example, Zou Yilin, “Lun Qing yidai dui jiangtu bantu guannian,” 183–96. , Ming-Qing Nei Menggu xibu diqu kaifa; Liu Shiyong, “Cong xuesi chong dao nüyuan chong,” 393–423. 37 Subsequent studies based on 1980s data confirm that the basic population ratios and trends that produced them have changed very little since Hu compiled data in 1933; Hu Huanyong, “Zhongguo renkou de fenbu,” 139–45.

To say “taxation” does not include tribute, but to say “tribute” does include taxation. 25 Tribute here is the culture that unites the entire world, regardless of distance or ethnic diversity, but depends on both as realized through the distinctive varieties of flora, fauna, and minerals that are its material currency. Taxation, in the form of regular agrarian products from China proper, is a subcategory that is purely Han. Tribute is also the conduit through which shengjiao travels to incorporate new territory and peoples into the Nine Provinces.

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