The Peking Gazette

A Reader in Nineteenth-Century Chinese History

Author: Lane J. Harris
In The Peking Gazette: A Reader in Nineteenth-Century Chinese History, Lane J. Harris offers an innovative text covering the extraordinary ruptures and remarkable continuities in the history of China’s long nineteenth century (1793-1912) by providing scholarly introductions to thematic chapters of translated primary sources from the government gazette of the Qing Empire.

The Peking Gazette is a unique collection of primary sources designed to help readers explore and understand the policies and attitudes of the Manchu emperors, the ideas and perspectives of Han officials, and the mentality and worldviews of several hundred million Han, Mongol, Manchu, Muslim, and Tibetan subjects of the Great Qing Empire as they discussed and debated the most important political, social, and cultural events of the long nineteenth century.

This volume is related to the primary source database compiled by the author entitled Translations of the Peking Gazette Online and produced by Brill (2017).

For a video with explanation by the author, visit Brill's YouTube channel

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Lane J. Harris, Ph.D. (2012), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is Associate Professor of History at Furman University. His work on communications and state formation has appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies, the Journal of Early Modern History, and Twentieth-Century China.
“I continue to be particularly impressed by the way that the questions force readers to analyze the documents. This reader is really set up to create a dialogue between teachers and students as they work through the documents. I am also even more aware after this reading about how this reader may serve a launch pad for research projects by students. This provides a real possibility that students can develop a real primary based investigation. Crucial to this is how the editor also made great efforts to include list of other contemporaneous publications in the readings sections. Having additional documents for the reader available digitally is a great feature. This will extend the advantage of the reader as a whole.”

Edward McCord, George Washington University
Qing Reign Periods
Terms of Measurement, Units of Currency, and Bureaucratic Titles


1 The Macartney Audience, 1793

2 The Last Will and Testament of the Qianlong Emperor, 1799

3 The Case against Heshen, 1799

4 The Downfall of a Governor-General in the White Lotus Rebellion, 1800

5 The Eight Trigrams Rebellion, 1813

6 An English Barbarian Ship, 1832

7 The Opium Debate, 1836

8 The Opium War, 1839–1842

9 Surviving the Taiping Rebellion, 1850–1864

10 The Coup d’état of 1861

11 End of the Miao Rebellions, 1872

12 The Incredible Famine, 1876–1879

13 Imperial Rainmaking Practices, 1875–1879

14 The Dalai Lama and the Qing Empire, 1879–1910

15 Crime and Punishment

16 Honoring Old Age

17 Honoring the Gods

18 The Cult of Female Chastity

19 “True Stories” of Filial Piety

20 “Tribute” Missions to the Qing Empire

21 The Making of Taiwan Province, 1872–1887

22 The Sino-French War, 1884–1885

23 Anti-Missionary Violence, 1891–1899

24 The Sino-Japanese War, 1894–1895

25 The Hundred Days’ Reforms, 1898

26 The Return of the Empress Dowager Cixi, 1898

27 The Boxer Uprising, 1899–1900

28 New Policies Reforms, 1901–1911

29 The 1911 Revolution

30 The Abdication, 1912

Chinese Name List
Anyone interested in the political, social, and cultural history of China in the nineteenth century, particularly professors and students exploring these themes in undergraduate and graduate classes.