China / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$49.50
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$37.35
(Save 37%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $8.30
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 86%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (20) from $8.30   
  • New (9) from $34.82   
  • Used (11) from $8.29   

Overview

With Chinese nationalism a vital ingredient of both the domestic politics of the People's Republic of China and its international relations, this book explores how China came to be a nation, arguing that from early times China had all the features of a nation state- a common language, culture, and bureaucracy- and that China as it exists today was invented through the construction of a modern state.

The book describes the attitudes of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Chinese towards identity and ethnicity and how these factors affected the structure of the state. The Chinese efforts to build a modern nation state that could resist the Western imperial powers are also documented as are the efforts in the twentieth century to spread nationalism from the cities into rural China.

The book argues that China has not been an exception to the process of the invention of nations. Instead, its differences arise from the complexities of the relationship between nationalism and imperialism. Moreover, the role of imperialism was not limited to Western empires: the Manchu Qing empire played quite as significant a role in the construction of the modern Chinese nation state as did imported European ideologies.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340741344
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/31/2001
  • Series: Inventing the Nation Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Henrietta Harrison is Professor of History at Harvard University.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
General editor's preface
Acknowledgements
Chronology
A map of China
Introduction 1
Pt. I Pre-modern Chinese identity
1 A common culture 9
Structures of the Chinese state 10
The interaction of elite and popular culture 20
2 The Manchu empire 33
The Qing as a non-Han dynasty 33
The Han and the universal empire 44
Pt. II Constructing a modern nation
3 The world of nation states 55
Changing models of foreign affairs 55
The new modernisers and the origins of nationalism 70
The Boxer Uprising 77
4 The creation of modern nationalism 88
Education 89
Nationalism and revolutionary thought 101
Newspapers and the growth of public opinion 111
The army 118
5 Ethnicity and modernity in the 1911 Revolution 132
The Han nation 132
National identity and the non-Han peoples 139
The five-nation republic 144
6 Nation, modernity and class 150
Clothing and etiquette 153
Time 158
Women as citizens 161
Pt. III Nationalism and imperialism
7 The growth of nationalism as an ideology 169
Student nationalism: the May 4th Movement of 1919 170
Working-class nationalism: the May 30th Movement of 1925 176
The growth of the Nationalist Party 184
8 Nationalism and the party state 190
The rise of the party state 190
Spreading a modern national culture 200
The limits of Nationalist Party rule 203
9 War, nationalism and identity 207
Responses to Japanese aggression 207
The outbreak of war and the rhetoric of national unity 215
The convergence of popular and modern nationalism 219
10 State-building and nation-building 226
Depicting a Communist China 226
Defining the nation 237
Pt. IV Chinese national identity today
11 The emergence of alternative nationalism 251
Politicised nationalism 252
Redefinitions 257
The end of empire? 264
Bibliography 269
Index 277
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)