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By Jonathan Schlesinger

ISBN-10: 0804799962

ISBN-13: 9780804799966

within the eighteenth and 19th centuries, booming call for for typical assets remodeled China and its frontiers. Historians of China have defined this strategy in stark phrases: pristine borderlands turned breadbaskets. but Manchu and Mongolian records exhibit a special tale. good earlier than homesteaders arrived, wild gadgets from the some distance north turned a part of elite model, and unparalleled intake had exhausted the region's most valuable resources.
In A global Trimmed with Fur, Jonathan Schlesinger makes use of those various records to bare how Qing rule witnessed now not the destruction of unspoiled environments, yet their invention. Qing frontiers have been by no means pristine within the 19th century—pearlers had stripped riverbeds of mussels, mushroom pickers had uprooted the steppe, and fur-bearing animals had disappeared from the woodland. In reaction, the court docket became to "purification;" it registered and arrested poachers, reformed territorial rule, and redefined the boundary among the pristine and the corrupted. Schlesinger's ensuing research presents a framework for rethinking the worldwide invention of nature.

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