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A World Trimmed with Fur: Wild Things, Pristine Places, and the Natural Fringes of the Qing Rule, written by Jonathan Schlesinger

A World Trimmed with Fur: Wild Things, Pristine Places, and the Natural Fringes of the Qing Rule,... A World Trimmed with Fur: Wild Things, Pristine Places, and the Natural Fringes of the Qing Rule. Redwood City (ca): Stanford University Press. 2017. 288pp. isbn 978-0804799966 (hardback) 65 usd.Much of the recent scholarly literature on environmental issues in Inner Asia has been focusing on the issue of environmental degradation as a self-evident issue of concern, sometimes presented with dramatic overtones. There has been very little critical interrogation of the ideas related to the environment and its degradation in this part of Asia (one significant exception is the work of Humphrey and Sneath 1996, 1999). Jonathan Schlesinger’s book is an important contribution to problematising environmental issues from the vantage point of critical environmental history. The stated aim of the book is to use Manchu and Mongolian sources in order to investigate the environmental history of China during the Qing rule. Given that this topic has been investigated mostly from the vantage point of Chinese records, the views from the periphery of the Qing Empire, recorded in Manchu and Mongolian archives, offer different perspectives about both the nature of environmental problems, and their political interpretation at the time. To ‘the view from Beijing’ (the title of Chapter One), therefore, the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Inner Asia Brill

A World Trimmed with Fur: Wild Things, Pristine Places, and the Natural Fringes of the Qing Rule, written by Jonathan Schlesinger

Inner Asia , Volume 19 (2): 4 – Oct 18, 2017

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A World Trimmed with Fur: Wild Things, Pristine Places, and the Natural Fringes of the Qing Rule. Redwood City (ca): Stanford University Press. 2017. 288pp. isbn 978-0804799966 (hardback) 65 usd.Much of the recent scholarly literature on environmental issues in Inner Asia has been focusing on the issue of environmental degradation as a self-evident issue of concern, sometimes presented with dramatic overtones. There has been very little critical interrogation of the ideas related to the environment and its degradation in this part of Asia (one significant exception is the work of Humphrey and Sneath 1996, 1999). Jonathan Schlesinger’s book is an important contribution to problematising environmental issues from the vantage point of critical environmental history. The stated aim of the book is to use Manchu and Mongolian sources in order to investigate the environmental history of China during the Qing rule. Given that this topic has been investigated mostly from the vantage point of Chinese records, the views from the periphery of the Qing Empire, recorded in Manchu and Mongolian archives, offer different perspectives about both the nature of environmental problems, and their political interpretation at the time. To ‘the view from Beijing’ (the title of Chapter One), therefore, the

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Published: Oct 18, 2017

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