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China and the Manchus

Herbert Allen Giles

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Wu San-kuei and recovering Chinese territory already occupied by the Manchus. In the battle which ensued, all these hopes were dashed; Li sustained a crushing defeat, and fled to Peking. There he put to death the Ming princes who were in his hands, and completely exterminated Wu San-kuei's family, with the exception of the girl above mentioned, whom he carried off after having looted and burnt the palace and other public buildings. Now was the opportunity of the Manchus; and with the connivance and loyal aid of Wu San-kuei, the Great Ch`ing Dynasty was established.

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Community Reviews

Herbert Allen Giles provides in China And The Manchus a very short summary of the history of China under the Manchu rule. He covers the historical period from roughly the 17th Century to the start of the 20th Century and he does so in a very efficient, if brief manner.

Giles provides an overview...more

The Manchus ruled China for so long it is easy to mistake in talking about China as if the Chinese had been running the country. What I learned from this book is that the isolationist policy that we attribute to China for years, was a policy of containment of the Manchus to keep rival invaders ou...more

A very interesting book for readers who want to delve into Chinese dynastic history and don't mind reading a bit of old-fashioned English, and perhaps an evern more intersting read for those who already know their Chinese history (sinologists, historians, aficionados) and want to see how sinologi...more

This was one of the two train ride reads I did en route to home from Guizhou. It's a concise account of the history of the Manchu people in China who, along with the Mongols, the Koreans and the Muslim Hui's, is a major northern minority in the north, or more precisely, the Northeast.
But a large...more