The Chinese State at the Borders by Diana LaryThe Chinese State at the Borders by Diana Lary

The Chinese State at the Borders

EditorDiana Lary

Paperback | July 1, 2008

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In this ground-breaking study, Hsiao Ting Lin demonstrates that theChinese frontier was the subject neither of concerted aggression on thepart of a centralized and indoctrinated Chinese government nor of anideologically driven nationalist ethnopolitics. Instead, nationalistsovereignty over Tibet and other border regions was the result ofrhetorical grandstanding by Chiang Kai-shek and his regime. Tibetand Nationalist China’s Frontier makes a crucialcontribution to the understanding of past and present China-Tibetrelations. A counterpoint to erroneous historical assumptions, thisbook will change the way Tibetologists and modern Chinese historiansframe future studies of the region.
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.
Title:The Chinese State at the BordersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.29 × 6.14 × 0.81 inPublished:July 1, 2008Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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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 EarlySeventeenth Century / Nicola Di Cosmo

4 What Happens When Wang Yangming Crosses the Border / TimothyBrook

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

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

7 The Qing-Choson Frontier on Mount Paektu / AndreSchmid

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

9 The Ethics of Benevolence in French Colonial Vietnam: ASino-Franco-Vietnamese Cultural Borderland / VanNguyen-Marshall

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

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

12 L'état, c'est nous? or We have met the oppressor and heis us? The predicament of minority cadres in the PRC / StevanHarrell

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



Editorial Reviews

The People’s Republic of China claims to have 22,000 kilometresof land borders and 18,000 kilometres of coast line. How did this vastcountry come into being? The state credo describes an ancient processof cultural expansion: border peoples gratefully accept high culture inChina and become inalienable parts of the country. And yet, the“centre” had to fight against manifestations of discontentin the border regions, not only to maintain control over the regionsthemselves, but also to prevent a loss of power at the edges fromtriggering a general process of regional devolution in the Han Chineseprovinces. The essays in this volume look at these issues over a longspan of time, questioning whether the process of expansion was abenevolent civilizing mission.