The Chinese State at the Borders

The Chinese State at the Borders

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In this ground-breaking study, Hsiao Ting Lin demonstrates that the Chinese frontier was the subject neither of concerted aggression on the part of a centralized and indoctrinated Chinese government nor of an ideologically driven nationalist ethnopolitics. Instead, nationalist sovereignty over Tibet and other border regions was the result of rhetorical grandstanding by Chiang Kai-shek and his regime. Tibet and Nationalist China's Frontier makes a crucial contribution to the understanding of past and present China-Tibet relations. A counterpoint to erroneous historical assumptions, this book will change the way Tibetologists and modern Chinese historians frame future studies of the region.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 480g
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • English
  • 3 b&w figures, 6 maps
  • 0774813342
  • 9780774813341
  • 792,612

Table of contents



1 The Borderlands in Chinese Political Theory, Past and Present / Alexander Woodside

2 Ming-Qing Border Defense, the Inward Turn of Chinese Cartography, and Qing Expansion in Central Asia in the Eighteenth Century / Benjamin Elman

3 Marital Politics on the Manchu-Mongol Frontier in the Early Seventeenth Century / Nicola Di Cosmo

4 What Happens When Wang Yangming Crosses the Border / Timothy Brook

5 Wang Yangming and the Problem of "Non-Chinese" / Leo Shin

6 Embracing Victory, Effacing Defeat: Rewriting the Qing Frontier Campaigns / Peter Purdue

7 The Qing-Choson Frontier on Mount Paektu / Andre Schmid

8 The Amur, as River, as Border / Victor Zatsepine

9 The Ethics of Benevolence in French Colonial Vietnam: A Sino-Franco-Vietnamese Cultural Borderland / Van Nguyen-Marshall

10 A zone of nebulous menace: the Guangxi/Indochina border in the Republican period / Diana Lary

11 Border Banishment: Political Exile in the Army Farms of Beidahuang / Wang Ning

12 L'etat, c'est nous? or We have met the oppressor and he is us? The predicament of minority cadres in the PRC / Stevan Harrell

13 Theoretical and Conceptual Perspectives on the Periphery in Contemporary China / Pitman Potter


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Review quote

By presenting new work, much of it by younger and Canadian scholars, this volume, complete with a comprehensive bibliography, offers access to a burgeoning literature on China's borders from the Ming to the present. -- Valerie Hansen, Yale University * International History Review XXX, 3 *
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About Diana Lary

Diana Lary is a professor of history and director of the Centre of Chinese Research at the Institute of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia. Among her many publications, she is co-editor with Stephen MacKinnon of Scars of War: The Impact of Warfare on Modern China.
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