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From Frontier Policy to Foreign Policy: The Question of India and the Transformation of Geopolitics in Qing China by Matthew W. Mosca (review)

From Frontier Policy to Foreign Policy: The Question of India and the Transformation of... Reviews 651 Matthew W. Mosca. From Frontier Policy to Foreign Policy: The Question of India and the Transformation of Geopolitics in Qing China. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2013. viii, 398 pp. Hardcover $60.00, isbn 978-0-8047-8224-1. Geography as a discipline/field/perspective, which exists independently of histori- cal studies, currently defines itself and its relation to history. Peter K. Bol defines humanistic geography as (1) a focus on place as something socially and culturally constructed and (2) a recognition that the ways in which humans at a given time and place relate to the environment are mediated by the ways in which they understand themselves and their relation to the world. Humanistic geography has thus allowed historical studies to make a “spatial turn” from cultural and intellec- tual history to quantitative social science histor I y.ndeed, as Yongtao Du and Jeff Kyong-McClain have mentioned, “changes in geographical imaginings [over the last five hundred years] have been no less profound and of practical significance than changes in social, political, or economic conditions.” Emphasizing the analysis of geographic vocabularies in general and place- names in particular, Matthew W. Mosca avoids the slippery concepts of identity and nationalism and has very deftly revised our understanding of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

From Frontier Policy to Foreign Policy: The Question of India and the Transformation of Geopolitics in Qing China by Matthew W. Mosca (review)

China Review International , Volume 19 (4) – May 29, 2015

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Reviews 651 Matthew W. Mosca. From Frontier Policy to Foreign Policy: The Question of India and the Transformation of Geopolitics in Qing China. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2013. viii, 398 pp. Hardcover $60.00, isbn 978-0-8047-8224-1. Geography as a discipline/field/perspective, which exists independently of histori- cal studies, currently defines itself and its relation to history. Peter K. Bol defines humanistic geography as (1) a focus on place as something socially and culturally constructed and (2) a recognition that the ways in which humans at a given time and place relate to the environment are mediated by the ways in which they understand themselves and their relation to the world. Humanistic geography has thus allowed historical studies to make a “spatial turn” from cultural and intellec- tual history to quantitative social science histor I y.ndeed, as Yongtao Du and Jeff Kyong-McClain have mentioned, “changes in geographical imaginings [over the last five hundred years] have been no less profound and of practical significance than changes in social, political, or economic conditions.” Emphasizing the analysis of geographic vocabularies in general and place- names in particular, Matthew W. Mosca avoids the slippery concepts of identity and nationalism and has very deftly revised our understanding of

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Published: May 29, 2015

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