Qing Colonial Enterprise Ethnography and Cartography in Early Modern China
- List Price: $48.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
- Publish date: 04/01/2001
- ISBN: 9780226354200
- ISBN10: 0226354202
Although mapping in China is almost as old as Chinese civilization itself, the Qing insistence on accurate, to-scale maps of their territory was a new response to the difficulties of administering a vast and growing empire. Likewise, direct observation became increasingly important to Qing ethnographic writings, such as the illustrated manuscripts known as "Miao albums" (from which twenty color paintings are reproduced in this book). These were intended to educate Qing officials about various non-Han peoples so that they could govern these groups more effectively.
Hostetler's groundbreaking account will interest anyone studying the history of the early modern period and colonialism.