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The Great Qing Integrated Domain

by Professor Willard J. Peterson, Gordon Wu '58 Professor of Chinese Studies, Professor of East Asian Studies and History, Princeton University

Date                  16 December 2015
Time                  4:00pm
Venue                AG710

The labels “dynasty” and “empire” are commonly used in English to refer to chunks of time and space that are marked off as major units in discussions of what we usually call Chinese history. “Dynasty” as a succession of rulers of (more or less) the same biological descent group is not problematic, but what constitutes and what warrants being called an “empire” continues to be subject to contentious debate. Professor Peterson's claim is that “empire” is too limited a label to be used to characterize what was politically achieved in Qing times.  

About the Speaker
Professor Peterson (PhD, Harvard) is a world authority on Chinese intellectual history of the Ming-Qing period and early Chinese thought. His most noteworthy publications include Bitter Gourd: Fang I-chih and the Impetus for Intellectual Change (Yale 1979), “Making Connections: The Commentary on the Attached Verbalizations in the Book of Change,” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 42 (1982), and chapters in The Cambridge History of China (1998). He is the editor of the volume on The Qing Dynasty of The Cambridge History of China (2002), and contributor and co-editor of The Power of Culture: Studies in Chinese Cultural History (Chinese University Press 1994) and Ways with Words: Writing about Reading Texts from Early China (University of California 2000).

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