Time, Temporality, and Imperial Transition: East Asia from Ming to Qing
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312pp. January 2005
Time, Temporality, and Imperial Transition: East Asia from Ming to Qing
Editor: Struve, Lynn A.;
Time is basic to human consciousness and action, yet paradoxically historians rarely ask how it is understood, manipulated, recorded, or lived. Cataclysmic events in particular disrupt and realign the dynamics of temporality among people. For historians, the temporal effects of such events on large polities such as empires—the power projections of which always involve the dictation of time—are especially significant. This important and intriguing volume is an investigation of precisely such temporal effects, focusing on the northern and eastern regions of the Asian subcontinent in the seventeenth century, when the polity at the core of East Asian civilization, Ming dynasty China, collapsed and was replaced by the Manchu-ruled Qing dynasty.

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Contributors: Mark C. Elliott, Roger Des Forges, JaHyun Kim Haboush, Johan Elverskog, Eugenio Menegon, Zhao Shiyu.


Asian Interactions and Comparisons Series
Published jointly with the Association for Asian Studies
"[The essays in this volume] draw on a wealth of primary and secondary writings in an extraordinary array of languages, offering an utterly original feast of ideas both as a guide to better understanding the era under study and for future scholarship." —Joshua Fogel, from the Series Editor’s Preface
Editor: Struve, Lynn A.;
Lynn A. Struve is professor in the departments of History and of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington.
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