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Qing China’s northeast crescent: The great game revisited

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This chapter examines the impact of the Russo-Japanese War on and its significance for the Mongols and Mongolia. It also considers how regional conditions and international relations changed before and after the Russo-Japanese War in what Mark Mancall has called "the northeastern crescent zone" of the Qing Empire, that is, the originally non-agrarian, nomadic areas of Mongolia, Tibet and Manchuria which formed the non-Confucian cultural sphere of Tibetan Buddhism. The Russians paid particular attention to the Mongols in East Mongolia, especially to the existence of the Mongol princes who controlled the banners, and tried to make contact with them for the purpose of extending their own influence. The best-known example of such a relationship between the Russians and an East Mongolian prince is probably that of Udai (Otai)of the Qor'in Right Banner.

Keywords: Manchuria; Mongolia; Mongols; northeastern crescent zone; Qing Empire; Russians; Russo-Japanese War



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