A Disguised Defeat: The Myanmar Campaign of the Qing Dynasty

  title={A Disguised Defeat: The Myanmar Campaign of the Qing Dynasty},
  author={Yingcong Dai},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={145 - 189}
  • Yingcong Dai
  • Published 1 February 2004
  • History
  • Modern Asian Studies
The Qing Myanmar campaign (1765-1770) was the most disastrous frontier war that the Qing dynasty had ever waged. In the beginning, the Qianlong emperor (r. 1735-1795) of the Qing dynasty had envisaged winning this war in one easy stroke, as he deemed Myanmar no more than a remote barbarian tribe without any power. But he was wrong. After the Green Standard troops in Yunnan failed to bring the Myanmar to their knees, Qianlong sent his elite Manchu troops in. A regional conflict was thus… 
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