Time, Temporality, and Imperial Transition: East Asia from Ming to Qing

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ISBN-13: 9780824828271
Published: January 2005

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  • About the Book
  • 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.

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

  • About the Author(s)
    • Lynn A. Struve, Editor

      Lynn A. Struve is Professor Emerita of History and of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington.