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Dragons, Tigers, and Dogs: Qing Crisis Management and the Boundaries of State Power in Late Imperial China

114 Dragons, Tigers, Dogs
Edited by Robert J. ANTONY and Jane Kate LEONARD
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Dragons, Tigers, and Dogs is a tightly focused collection of studies that explores how Qing governing institutions and strategies worked in actual practice to address the practical problems and needs of a regionally diverse and culturally complex empire from the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries. It highlights the Qing regime’s ability to accommodate an astonishing variety of local governing environments in the management of short-term contingent crises and long-term evolutionary problems caused by changes in the social-economic fabric of Greater China during the Qing period. It argues that the Qing state should be viewed as a system of indirect rule because of its accommodative strategies of governance and its reliance on sub- and extra-bureaucratic power groups at the local level. Dragons, Tigers, and Dogs makes an important contribution to our understanding of the practical operation of Qing government, and its readability, thematic coherence, and inclusion of professionally drawn maps and enhanced Chinese woodblock illustrations make this work attractive and accessible to students of late imperial China as well as Qing specialists. | 352 pages


  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Contributors
  1. Dragons, Tigers, and Dogs: An Introduction
  2. Subcounty Officials, the State, and Local Communities in Guangdong Province, 1644-1860
  3. Crisis Management and Institutional Reform: The Expectant Officials in the Late Qing
  4. Maintaining the Equilibrium: Balancing the Interests of Commerce and Local Government
  5. The Civil Role of Sojourner and Trade Associations in Shanghai During the Qing Period
  6. Dike Building and Repair in the Three-River Microregion, 1686-1926: Patterns in Practical Governance
  7. Managing Corruption in Code and Practice: The Prosecution of Jiang Zhou and Qian Du
  8. Negotiating Across the Boundaries of State Power: Organizing the 1826 Sea Transport Experiment
  9. Christian God and Hostile Communities: Collective Violence in Northeast Guangdong
  10. Trading Places: Resistance, Ethnicity, and Governance in Nineteeth-Century Yunnan
  11. Ethnic Conflict and Qing Land Policy in Southern Xinjiang, 1760-1840
  12. Local Administration and Crisis Management: A Comparative Perspective from Post-1949 China
  • Glossary
  • Index

  • "The collection brings together a rich range of scholarly papers that singly and together make a welcome contribution to our understanding of Qing administration. The editors do an excellent job of summing up [the] themes in a succinct, clearly written introduction. The book's title inadequately reflects the book's contribution ... the chapters in toto provide a broader understanding of the nature of Qing administration than simply that of crisis management. Given the broad contribution of this collection, its readership should not be limited to specialists in Qing administration." — The China Journal
  • l"Scholars of Chinese history or of comparative political culture will find [this book] to be an exceptionally useful collection of case studies of the Qing state, in all its diversity, in action." — Journal of Asian History


  • Robert J. ANTONY is Associate Professor of History at Western Kentucky University. He is the author of Like Froth Floating on the Sea: The World of Pirates and Seafarers in Late Imperial South China, Institute for East Asian Studies Monograph Series, University of California, Berkeley, 2003.
  • Jane Kate LEONARD is Professor of History at the University of Akron. Her previous publications include To Achieve Security and Wealth: The Qing Imperial State and the Economy, 1644-1911 (CEAS No. 56).

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