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The Cant of Conquest: Tusi Offices and China’s Political Incorporation of the Southwest Frontier

John E. Herman

in Empire at the Margins

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780520230156
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230156.003.0006
The Cant of Conquest: Tusi Offices and China’s Political Incorporation of the Southwest Frontier

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This chapter examines several sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Chinese texts on Guizhou province to see how the evolution of Chinese knowledge of Guizhou and its inhabitants represented China's conquest and incorporation of this part of the Southwest Frontier. In traditional Chinese historiography, the rhetorical devices used to elucidate the ways in which the Chinese state extended its political control over frontier areas were for the most part self-validating. It looks at the beginnings of this transition from indirect to direct rule, as well as the transformation of tusi officials from independent frontier leaders to nominal Chinese officials.

Keywords: Chinese texts; Guizhou province; Chinese historiography; Southwest Frontier

Chapter.  15866 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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