Translated Titles

The Empire on the Miao Margins: Social Structure, Rituals and Ethnic Groups in Western Hunan in Qing Dynasty


謝曉輝(Xiao-Hui Xie)

Key Words

湘西 ; 苗疆 ; 族群 ; 改土歸流 ; 華夏邊緣 ; Western Hunan ; Miao frontier ; ethnic group ; administrative regularization ("gaitu guiliu") ; Chinese borderlands



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

11卷1期(2013 / 04 / 01)

Page #

51 - 88

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

In contrast to previous research which describes the development of the newly- opened southwestern frontier during the Qing dynasty as a simple story of sinicization, this paper argues that Qing rulers used different policies and strategies to construct imperial rule in the region. By distinguishing two kinds of frontier areas and comparing how the Qing imperial system was constructed in the two areas, this study shows that depending on how and whether the ruling instruments of the Qing government shifted or maintained the imperial frontier, the patterns of incorporation of regions that lay within or beyond the border could be quite different.

Topic Category 人文學 > 歷史學
人文學 > 人類學及族群研究