By John E. Herman

In 1200, what's now southwest China--Guizhou, Yunnan, and the southern component of Sichuan used to be domestic to an collection of strikingly varied cultures and governed via a mess of political entities. via 1750, China's army, political, sociocultural, and financial associations have been firmly in command of the area, and lots of of the area's cultures have been swiftly turning into extinct. One goal of this e-book is to check how China's 3 overdue imperial dynasties--the Yuan, Ming, and Qing--conquered, colonized, and assumed keep an eye on of the southwest. one other goal is to focus on the indigenous reaction to China's colonization of the southwest, fairly that of the Nasu Yi humans of western Guizhou and jap Yunnan, the one team to go away an intensive written checklist.

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The rapid thrust into Qianzhong exposed the fragile nature of the Tang defense network, four dependent kingdoms, seven Zangge clans, and countless haltered-and-bridled prefectures. When Tang offi­ cials discovered the attacking Nanzhao army included soldiers from each element of the Tang defensive network of allies, their doubts were confirmed and the betrayal was obvious. 45 As Li fought his way north to Bozhou, Shilong dispatched another Nanzhao force to attack the now lightly defended Tang garrison in An­ nam.

Though Ming officials declared victory in 1 629, the Ming state was an exhausted shell of its former self and altogether un­ able to govern the area as it had in years past. Members of the traditional Nasu Yi elite were once again granted tusi titles and asked to govern Shuixi on behalf of the Ming state, which they did. By this time, how­ ever, any claim of resurrecting the Mu'ege polity had been shorn of political legitimacy, and in its wake emerged a number of smaller, frag­ mented, and territorially discrete Nasu Yi domains.

In the final chapter, Chapter 6, I describe how Qing armies under Wu Sangui ( 1 6 1 2-78) first occupied Shuixi during the campaigns against the Southern Ming ( 1644-62 ) and then replaced many of the territory's Ming tusi offices with Qing political units, prefectures, de­ partments, and counties in a frantic effort to mobilize the economic re­ sources of Shuixi to assist in Wu's consolidation of power over the southwest. The Qing defeat of Wu's forces in the Rebellion of the Three Feudatories launched the final phase in China's colonization of the southwest.

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