/ Giovanni Stary, Nicola Di Cosmo, Tatjana A. Pang, Alessandra Pozzi, On the Tracks of Manchu Culture (1644-1994): 350 Years after the Conquest of Peking

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This book which was composed and written by four leading Manchu scholars from Italy and Russia is an interesting contribution to Manchu studies. It consists of a collection of 206 photographs taken by the authors during various travels throughout Manchuria, Northern China and Xinjiang between 1988 and 1994. The purpose of publishing these materials on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the Manchu conquest of Beijing (an event which in general tends to be overestimated by Manchu and Qing historians with respect to its importance for establishing Qing rule over China) was "to record and to save what has come down to us and is still extant today of the Manchu culture after some three hundred years of intense contact with the Chinese world" (p. vii). The book consists of two major parts: The first one, entitled "The Manchus" (pp. 1-95) is divided into ten subsections with photographs related to the following subjects: 1. "Nurhaci's capitals and court residences", 2. "Shenyang, the ancient 'Mukden"', 3. "Epigraphic monuments", 4. "Imperial tombs in Manchuria", 5. "Evidence of the 'Sino-Manchu' culture", 6. "Some places of historical interests", 7. "Manchu autonomy", 8. "The Manchu presence in Taiwan", 9. "Some examples of commercialisation" and 10. "Manchu evidence outside China".

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