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Mapping Chengde: The Qing Landscape Enterprise

Foret, Philippe

Verlag: Univ of Hawaii Pr, 2000
ISBN 10: 0824819802 / ISBN 13: 9780824819804
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Verlag: Univ of Hawaii Pr

Erscheinungsdatum: 2000

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Inhaltsangabe: The imperial residence of Chengde was built by two powerful and ambitious Manchu emperors between 1703 and 1780 in the mountains of Jehol. The site, which is on UNESCO's World Heritage List, combines the largest classical gardens in China with a unique series of grand monasteries in the Sino-Tibetan style. Mapping Chengde, the first scholarly publication in English on the Manchu summer capital, reveals how this unlikely architectural and landscape enterprise came to help forge a dynasty's multicultural identity and concretize its claims of political legitimacy. Using both visual and textual materials, the author explores the hidden dimensions of landscape, showing how geographical imagination shaped the aesthetics of Qing court culture while proposing a new interpretation of the mental universe that conceived one of the world's most remarkable examples of imperial architecture.

Umschlagtext: Mapping Chengde is a pathbreaking effort. While much has been written concerning Chinese monuments and natural landscapes, Phillippe Foret has broken new ground in re-creating the spatial and temporal dimensions of imperial landscape creation and transition. His argument is so novel that it should provoke others to examine Chinese imperial and vernacular landscapes in fresh ways.

--Ronald G. Knapp, Distinguished Professor of Geography, State University of New York at New Paltz

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