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Open Access Historical Narratives of the Kangxi Emperor’s Inaugural Visit to Suzhou, 1684

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Historical Narratives of the Kangxi Emperor’s Inaugural Visit to Suzhou, 1684

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This chapter recaptures the dynamic negotiations between various historical actors that were inherent to the consolidation of Qing rule. In particular, it focuses on knowledge production and the writing of historical narratives as both a mode and a means of political participation and negotiation. The Kangxi emperor's inaugural southern tour was a relatively short affair, lasting only sixty days from early November through December of 1684. During this time, the emperor engaged in a wide range of endeavours. In Shandong province, he performed sacrifices at the sacred peak of Mount Tai and paid homage to the Confucian Temple in Qufu. In northern Jiangsu province, he inspected critical hydraulic infrastructure and 'inquired about the people's hardships'. Once south of the Yangtze River, the Kangxi emperor 'observed local customs' particularly in the prosperous city of Suzhou, the southernmost point on the imperial itinerary in 1684.

Keywords: Jiangsu province; Kangxi emperor; Mount Tai; Qufu; Shandong province; Suzhou; Yangtze River



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