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From Frontier Policy to Foreign PolicyThe Question of India and the Transformation of Geopolitics in Qing China$
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Matthew Mosca

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804782241

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804782241.001.0001

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British India and Qing Strategic thought in the Early Nineteenth Century

British India and Qing Strategic thought in the Early Nineteenth Century

(p.163) Five British India and Qing Strategic thought in the Early Nineteenth Century
From Frontier Policy to Foreign Policy
Stanford University Press

This chapter presents a discussion on British India and Qing strategic thought in the early nineteenth century. Indian merchants at Guangzhou did not increase official knowledge of growing British power in India. It is noted that the remarkable journey by Thomas Manning had no permanent effect on Qing perspectives on British India. His journey contributes to the tenacity of a frontier policy. William Moorcroft had penetrated the western rim of the Qing empire. His exchange with officials in Yarkand and Kashgar depicts how a frontier policy affected the intelligence gathering and strategic thinking of the Qing state. The Qing government sometimes coordinated its inquiries into foreign conditions between different frontiers and fit together local geographic understandings; even alliances were sometimes contemplated.

Keywords:   frontier policy, British India, Qing empire, Guangzhou, Thomas Manning, William Moorcroft, intelligence gathering, strategic thinking, frontier policy

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