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The Last Emperors
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The Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) was the last and arguably the greatest of the conquest dynasties to rule China. Its rulers, Manchus from the north, held power for three centuries despite major cultural and ideological differences with the Han majority. In The Last Emperors: A Social History of Qing Imperial Institutions, Evelyn Rawski offers a bold new interpretation of the remarkable success of this dynasty, arguing that it derived not from the assimilation of the dominant Chinese culture, as has previously been believed, but rather from an artful synthesis of Manchu leadership styles with Han Chinese policies.
Our Freer|Sackler Museum's newest exhibition, Empresses of China's Forbidden City, explores in-depth the lives of the Qing dynasty empresses and their significance in shaping Qing history.
Paperback. 493 pages. Illustrations: 10 black and white photographs, 3 charts, 3 maps, 18 tables.

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