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The Empire and the Khanate: A Political History of Qing Relations with Khoqand c.1760–1860

The Empire and the Khanate: A Political History of Qing Relations with Khoqand c.1760–1860 Book Reviews The Empire and the Khanate: A Political History of Qing Relations with Khoqand c.1760–1860 Laura Newby Leiden: Brill, 2005 ISBN: 90–04–14550–8 $97.00, £ 39.99 While the diplomatic history of China’s eastern seaboard has long been a subject of research for historians of the Qing dynasty, the same cannot be said for the Manchu Empire’s northwestern frontier. This neglect can be attributed to both a theoretical predilection for the study of Qing China’s interaction with Western powers, and the practical linguistic difficulties involved in dealing with sources from both sides of China’s Inner Asian border. While engaging with issues raised by the earlier studies of Saguchi Toru and Joseph Fletcher, Newby’s work thus represents the first book- length study in any Western language to approach the history of Qing foreign relations through a case study drawn from its interaction with the Islamic world. It is unlikely that any diplomatic history ever gives equal treatment to both sides of the relationship in question, and in this respect Newby’s book is unashamedly Sino- centric. This focus reflects both the author’s background, as well as the dearth of source material on relations with China from the Khoqandi side. In any http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Inner Asia Brill

The Empire and the Khanate: A Political History of Qing Relations with Khoqand c.1760–1860

Inner Asia , Volume 9 (1): 135 – Jan 1, 2007

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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Book Reviews The Empire and the Khanate: A Political History of Qing Relations with Khoqand c.1760–1860 Laura Newby Leiden: Brill, 2005 ISBN: 90–04–14550–8 $97.00, £ 39.99 While the diplomatic history of China’s eastern seaboard has long been a subject of research for historians of the Qing dynasty, the same cannot be said for the Manchu Empire’s northwestern frontier. This neglect can be attributed to both a theoretical predilection for the study of Qing China’s interaction with Western powers, and the practical linguistic difficulties involved in dealing with sources from both sides of China’s Inner Asian border. While engaging with issues raised by the earlier studies of Saguchi Toru and Joseph Fletcher, Newby’s work thus represents the first book- length study in any Western language to approach the history of Qing foreign relations through a case study drawn from its interaction with the Islamic world. It is unlikely that any diplomatic history ever gives equal treatment to both sides of the relationship in question, and in this respect Newby’s book is unashamedly Sino- centric. This focus reflects both the author’s background, as well as the dearth of source material on relations with China from the Khoqandi side. In any

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