China’s 1911–12 Revolution, which overthrew a 2000-year succession of dynasties, is believed of essentially as a metamorphosis in governmental type, from imperial to republican, conventional to trendy. yet on condition that the dynasty that was once overthrown―the Qing―was that of a minority ethnic workforce that had governed China’s Han majority for almost 3 centuries, and that the revolutionaries have been overwhelmingly Han, to what quantity was once the revolution not just anti-monarchical, but additionally anti-Manchu?

Edward Rhoads explores this provocative and complex query in Manchus and Han, examining the evolution of the Manchus from a hereditary army caste (the “banner people”) to a different ethnic workforce after which detailing the interaction and discussion among the Manchu courtroom and Han reformers that culminated within the dramatic alterations of the early twentieth century.

Until now, many students have assumed that the Manchus have been assimilated into Han tradition lengthy prior to the 1911 Revolution and have been not separate and distinguishable. yet Rhoads demonstrates that during many ways Manchus remained an alien, privileged, and unique crew. Manchus and Han is a pathbreaking research that would without end switch the best way historians of China view the occasions resulting in the autumn of the Qing dynasty. Likewise, it is going to make clear for ethnologists the original beginning of the Manchus as an occupational caste and their transferring courting with the Han, from border humans to rulers to ruled.

Winner of the Joseph Levenson publication Prize for contemporary China, subsidized through The China and internal Asia Council of the organization for Asian experiences

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