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By Pamela Kyle Crossley

Four maps during this landmark exploration of the origins of nationalism and cultural identification in China, Pamela Kyle Crossley lines the ways that a wide, early smooth empire of Eurasia, the Qing (1636-1912), integrated neighboring, yet disparate, political traditions right into a new kind of emperorship. Drawing on a large choice of fundamental resources, together with Manchu, Korean, and chinese language archival fabrics, Crossley argues that distortions brought in 17th- and eighteenth-century historic documents have blinded students to the particular process occasions within the early years of the dynasty. This groundbreaking research examines the connection among the more and more summary ideology of the centralizing emperorship of the Qing and the institution of ideas of identification within the 17th and eighteenth centuries, earlier than the arrival of nationalism in China. Concluding with a broad-ranging postscript at the implications of her examine for reviews of nationalism and nation-building all through sleek chinese language historical past, A Translucent reflect combines a readable narrative with a cosmopolitan, revisionary examine China's historical past. Crossley's publication will modify present understandings of the Qing emperorship, the evolution of innovations of ethnicity, and the legacy of Qing rule for contemporary chinese language nationalism.

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Some of Hume's discussion was derived from John Locke, but it appears to me that Hume's skepticism regarding language in particular is the direct ancestor of modern discussion of ideological issues. Destutt de Tracy assigned the term "ideology" to the associative process (and "sensations" to "impressions") Hume had defined, a helpful addition. Succeeding scholars, from Kant to Todorov, who have explored the impact of social and political ideology upon individuals or societies have con­ tributed many grace notes and specific insights into the workings of ideol­ ogy, but without varying much from the basic discursive notions of Hume.

The entire series, edited by Yi I-hwa, has been reissued in paper by Yogang Ch'ulp'ansa (Seoul, 1991-93), after original pub­ lication by Minjok kojon yon'guso in Pyongyang (1975 -91). The series for Sunjo taewang through Sunjong (that is, volumes 373 -400) are relevant to the early Qing state and its antecedents. 58. " The manuscript was discovered in 1938 by Yi Yinsong and the next year was reproduced in Xingjing er dao hezi jiu lao cheng, a publication of the Manzhouguo daxue (Manchukuo University) in Mukden.

48. Astronomers amateur or professional will readily recognize that my "star" incorporates the dynamics of a proto-star (as described before the use of the Hubble space telescope) and conflates variations on main-sequence types. Such is metaphor. • Introduction / 25 century universal emperorship (the stable generation of the ideological force behind state documentation), and by "off-sequence" I mean materi­ als that either did not lend themselves to such purposes or have been ne­ glected for some other reason (aborted because of insufficient mass).

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