Mark Elliott (historian)

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Mark C. Elliott (Chinese name: Chinese: 欧立德; pinyin: Ōu Lìdé) is Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History at Harvard University. He is the chair of the PhD Committee on History and East Asian Languages and Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.[1] He is also one of the scholars who form part of the school called the New Qing History.


Professor Elliott's interest in East Asian history began at Yale, where he earned his BA and MA, the latter as a student of Jonathan Spence and Beatrice Bartlett. After several years of study and archival research in Taiwan, the PRC, and Japan, he earned his PhD in 1993 from the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in the history of the Qing dynasty under the guidance of Frederic Wakeman. Thereafter, he taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1993 to 2002. After a year at the University of Michigan, Professor Elliott came to Harvard in 2003 and was named the Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History in the following year. He teaches a wide variety of courses including the History of Relations between China and Inner Asia and the famous "Qing Documents" seminar, and is considered a prominent scholar of the New Qing History school. Similar to Evelyn Rawski’s Reenvisioning the Qing: The Significance of the Qing Period in Chinese History, his The Manchu Way: The Eight Banners and Ethnic Identity in Late Imperial China is a representative work of the Manchu-centric theory. Professor Elliott also oversees the Department's instruction in Manchu, Mongolian, and Uyghur.[2]

Selected works[edit]

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Mark Elliott OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 10+ works in 20+ publications in 3 languages and 600+ library holdings.[3]


  • Emperor Qianlong: Son of Heaven, Man of the World. Pearson-Longman, 2009.
  • New Qing Imperial History: The Making of Inner Asian Empire at Qing Chengde. Co-edited with James Millward, Ruth Dunnell, and Philippe Forêt. RoutledgeCurzon, 2004.
  • The Archives of the Bordered Red Banner: Research Guide to the Qing Eight Banners and Catalogue of Materials in the Toyo Bunko. Co-edited with Kanda Nobuo, et al. Toyo Bunko, 2001.

Selected articles and book chapters

  • “Hushuo 胡說: The Northern Other and the Naming of the Han Chinese.” In Thomas Mullaney, et al., eds., Critical Han Studies (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012).
  • “National Minds and Imperial Frontiers: Inner Asia and China in the New Century.” In William Kirby, ed., The People’s Republic of China at 60: An International Assessment (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011).
  • “Shindai Manshūjin no aidentitii to Chūgoku tōchi”「清代満洲人のアイデンティティイと中国統治」 (Manchu identity and rule in the Qing). In Okada Hidehiro, ed., Shinchō to ha nani ka 『清朝とは何か』 (What was the Qing?), Special Number 16 of Kan: History, Environment, Civilization (Tokyo: Fujiwara Shoten, 2009), pp. 108–123.
  • “Manshū tōan to shin Shinchō shi” 「満洲档案と新清朝史」 (Manchu archives and the new Qing history). In Hosoya Yoshio, ed., Shinchōshi kenkyū no aratanaru chihei 『清朝史研究の新たなる地平』 (New perspectives on Qing historical research) (Tokyo: Yamakawa, 2008, pp. 124–139.
  • “The Manchus as Ethnographic Subject in the Qing.” In Joseph Esherick, Madelein Zelin, and Wen-hsin Yeh, eds., Empire, Nation, and Beyond: Chinese History in Late Imperial and Modern Times. Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, 2006.
  • "Manwen dang'an yu xin Qingshi" 「滿文檔案與新清史」 (Manchu archives and the new Qing history). National Palace Museum Quarterly 『故宮博物院季刊』, December 2006.
  • "Ethnicity in the Qing Eight Banners." In Pamela Kyle Crossley, Helen Siu, and Donald Sutton, eds., Empire at the Margins: Culture, Ethnicity, and Frontier in Early Modern China. University of California Press, 2006.
  • "Whose Empire Shall It Be? Manchu Figurations of Historical Process in the Early Seventeenth Century." In Lynn Struve, ed., Time and Temporality in the Ming-Qing Transition (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2005), pp. 30–72.
  • "Highlights of the Manchu-Mongolian Collection." Co-authored with James Bosson. In Patrick Hanan, ed., The Treasures of the Yenching. Harvard-Yenching Institute, 2003.
  • "The Eating Crabs Youth Book." In Susan Mann and Yu-yin Cheng, eds., Under Confucian Eyes: Documents on Gender in East Asian History. University of California Press, 2001.
  • "The Manchu-Language Archives of the Qing and the Origins of the Palace Memorial System." Late Imperial China 22.1 (June 2001).
  • "Chūgoku no dai'ichi rekishi tōankanzō naikaku to kyūchū Manbun tōan no gaijutsu" (An outline of the Manchu holdings of the Grand Secretariat and Imperial Palace archives at the No. 1 Historical Archives, Beijing). Tōhōgaku 85 (January 1993).
  • Bannerman and Townsman: "Ethnic Tension in Nineteenth-Century Jiangnan". Late Imperial China 11.1 (June 1990).

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