Banned Books as a State Apparatus in the Qing Dynasty: Ethnicity, Power and Concupiscence
Keywords:Banned book, Book Censorship, State apparatus, Qing Dynasty, Manchu
This article aims to analyze one of the social phenomena during the Qing Dynasty, “Book Censorship,” an important feature in Chinese history. Three aspects of incarcerated knowledge will be analyzed—ethnic conflict, anti-political power, and the instability of social morality. Furthermore, this article will show the extent to which the campaign of banned books was employed by the Manchu as a means to be enthroned in the Dragon Empire. What the Manchu did was to ingeniously standardize the Hans’ ways of thinking via state apparatus, in terms of both subjugation and ideology.
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