Reshaping the Frontier Landscape: Dongchuan in Eighteenth-century Southwest China


In Reshaping the Frontier Landscape: Dongchuan in Eighteenth-century Southwest China, Fei HUANG examines the process of reshaping the landscape of Dongchuan, a remote frontier city in Southwest China in the eighteenth century. Rich copper deposits transformed Dongchuan into one of the key outposts of the Qing dynasty, a nexus of encounters between various groups competing for power and space. The frontier landscape bears silent witness to the changes in its people’s daily lives and in their memories and imaginations. The literati, officials, itinerant merchants, commoners and the indigenous people who lived there shaped and reshaped the local landscape by their physical efforts and cultural representations. This book demonstrates how multiple landscape experiences developed among various people in dependencies, conflicts and negotiations in the imperial frontier.

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Fei HUANG, Ph.D. (2012, Leiden University), is junior professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Tübingen, Germany. She has published articles on Chinese history in New History Journal, Late Imperial China, and Journal of Asian History.
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Introduction: Landscape and the Imperial Frontier
 Dongchuan and Northeastern Yunnan
 A Landscape Studies Approach
 Landscape in the Empire’s Frontier
 The Sources

1 Paving the Way
 Mountain and Road
 Inside and Outside of the River
 The Jinsha River and the Copper Transports

2 Valley and Mountain
 Moving from the Mountains into the Bazi
 1700–1730s War: Completing the Bazi
 Spatial Network of the Copper Business
 Newcomers, Indigenous People and Landscape Transformation

3 The Walled City
 The Indigenous Strongholds on the Huize Bazi
 Building the Stone-Walled City
 Top-Down or Bottom-Up?
 The Planning of an Ideal Civilized Walled City

4 Ten Views
 The Scenic View Tradition
 Sightseeing, the New Gazetteer and the Ten Views
 The Ten Views and the Conventional Format
 The Ten Views, Local Geography and the Copper Transportation

5 Zhenwu Shrine and Dragon Pool
 The Mountain, the Temple and the Shrine
 Replacing the Dragon Cult
 Praying, Entertaining and Remembering

6 Two Wenchang Temples
 Scholastic Good Fortune?
 Relocating to Auspicious Sites?
 “Huayizhai” or “Wanizhai”?
 Preventing Water Disasters
 Contesting Space between the Han and the Indigenous People

7 Ancestors, Chieftains and Indigenous Women
 The Meng Yan Shrine: An Indigenous General Who Surrendered
 Shesai and the Origin of the Lu Surname
 “Fake” Han Chinese People or “Fake” Indigenous People

8 The New Mansions
Huiguan Associations in Frontier
 Building the Huiguan


All interested in Chinese history, particularly the Qing dynasty, plus anyone concerned with landscape studies in general, or urban and frontier studies of China in particular, will find this book useful.
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