pt. 1. The burdens of history: pre-Qing territorial government -- The Qing creation of the province: 1644-1661 -- The conundrum of confidence: 1661-1723 -- The power of the unexpected: 1723-1736 -- The imperatives of continuity: 1736-1796 -- pt. 2. The legacy of military occupation: the north and the northwest -- Negotiated orders: the Lower Yangzi Valley and the southeastern coast -- Regions into provinces: the Middle Yangzi and Lingnan -- Communications and provincial government in southwest China -- Conclusion -- Appendix -- Chinese glossary.
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