This file is a word-searchable Bibliography for Richard J. Smith, The Qing Dynasty and Traditional Chinese Culture (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015)
The “Bibliographical Note” that precedes the alphabetically organized entries in this 98-page bibliography identifies different kinds of scholarly resources in Asian and Western languages, including reference works (dictionaries, handbooks, encyclopedias, bibliographies, collections of primary and secondary materials, etc.); studies of Chinese and Manchu culture; works containing visual images (in particular Nakagawa Tadahide's Shinzoku kibun (A record of Qing dynasty customs; 1799); and works in Chinese that focus in particular on Chinese regional, local and “minority” culture and on the relationship between “tradition” and “modernity.”
The book itself seeks to provide a middle ground in the debate between scholars who attribute the political success of the Manchus primarily to their “sinicization,” and those, known generally as "the New Qing Historians,” who ascribe their success primarily to the “multiculturalism” of the Manchus. Although I lean strongly toward the New Qing interpretation, there is certainly something to be said for the “sinicization” argument. In my view, the two approaches are not, in fact, antithetical––despite the highly charged debate they have engendered.
Table of Contents:
Introduction Chapter 1: The Ming Dynasty Legacy; Chapter 2: Conquest and Consolidation; Chapter 3: The Qing Political Order; Chapter 4: Social and Economic Institutions; Chapter 5: Language and Symbolic Reference; Chapter 6: Patterns of Thought; Chapter 7: Religious Life; Chapter 8: Arts and Crafts; Chapter 9: Literary Trends; Chapter 10: Social Life; Chapter 11: The Late Qing and Beyond, 1860–2014.