Publisher description for The last emperors : a social history of Qing imperial institutions / Evelyn S. Rawski.

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Counter The Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) was the last and arguably the greatest of the conquest dynasties to rule China. Its rulers, Manchus from the north, held power for three centuries despite major cultural and ideological differences with the Han majority. In this book, Evelyn Rawski offers a bold new interpretation of the remarkable success of this dynasty, arguing that it derived not from the assimilation of the dominant Chinese culture, as has previously been believed, but rather from an artful synthesis of Manchu leadership styles with Han Chinese policies.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: China History Qing dynasty, 1644-1912, China Kings and rulers, China Court and courtiers, Rites and ceremonies China, Political culture China