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A World Trimmed with FurWild Things, Pristine Places, and the Natural Fringes of Qing Rule$
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Jonathan Schlesinger

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780804799966

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804799966.001.0001

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A World Trimmed with Fur

Jonathan Schlesinger

Stanford University Press

The resulting analysis of these dynamics provides a framework for rethinking the global invention of nature. We cannot understand the invention of “pure” nature, both within and beyond the China, without a more nuanced and multifocal understanding of empires or the archives they produced. Putting peripheral places like Mongolia at the center of our histories, and learning to look both ways across frontiers, allows us to gain new vantages on how to transcend entrenched distinctions between foreign and frontier, coast and continent, East and West. Ultimately, modern “nature” and Qing “purity” belong to a broader, global matrix of historical inventions. Nature as we know today has deep, imperial roots.

Keywords:   Nature, Purity, global history, nature preservation

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