The Limits of Tartary: Manchuria in Imperial and National Geographies

  title={The Limits of Tartary: Manchuria in Imperial and National Geographies},
  author={Mark C. Elliott},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={603 - 646}
  • M. Elliott
  • Published 1 August 2000
  • History
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
This essay examines the transformation from undifferentiated frontier to geographic region of that part of northeast Asia controversially referred to as Manchuria. This transition—from space to place, as it were—long has tended to be seen primarily in terms of the extension of colonial interests into China in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. However, as I shall argue, the invention of this place began much earlier, in the seventeenth century, and owed substantially to the efforts of… 
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