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Remote Homeland, Recovered BorderlandManchus, Manchoukuo, and Manchuria, 1907-1985$
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Dan Shao

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834456

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834456.001.0001

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Remote Homeland, Contested Borderland

Remote Homeland, Contested Borderland

The Qing Empire, Banner People, and Manchuria

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Remote Homeland, Recovered Borderland

Dan Shao

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines how Manchuria became the poetic but remote homeland for the Manchu rulers in Beijing and for banner people in China Proper. It analyzes the discrepancies and tensions between the rulers' rhetoric of preserving Manchuria as their sacred home place and the de facto marginalization—if not maladministration or neglect—of the region in the late Qing. Hence, due to the lack of a sufficient population and a strong military defense, the land became an attractive frontier for both domestic immigrants and foreign powers. In the last decades of the Qing, Manchuria was plagued by military incursions from outside and frequent domestic political upheavals. These forces undermined and ultimately uprooted Manchu rule there.

Keywords:   Manchu rule, Manchuria, Qing dynasty, domestic immigrants, military incursions, political upheavals, homeland

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