Was the Qing Dynasty "China"?

Ying Zhang, assistant professor of Chinese history, discussed one of the most hotly debated topics among historians: whether the last dynasty, the Qing Empire (1644-1911), was "China." Was a dynasty ruled by non-Chinese emperors a “Chinese” empire? Is it true, suggested recently inThe Wall Street Journal, that our historical understanding of the Qing dynasty has been a purely nationalistic construction by the People’s Republic of China with fictive narratives of political and geographical continuity of a Chinese empire? How do scholars and ordinary Chinese react to this approach to the history of the Qing and should such a scholarly argument be interpreted politically?

Presented by Ying Zhang, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
at the Saturday, November 2, 2013 meeting of the Clio Society
Ohio Staters, Inc. Traditions Room of Ohio Union

The Clio Society of the Department of History promotes the life-long learning of history for personal enrichment; engages students, colleagues, and friends in the exchange of information and ideas about history outside of the realm of traditional academic classes and seminars; builds a social network of students, colleagues, and friends who share a common interest in history; and provides a sustained, broad-based support for the History Department.