Chinese Migrations: The Movement of People, Goods, and Ideas over Four Millennia

Chinese Migrations: The Movement of People, Goods, and Ideas over Four Millennia

by Diana Lary
     
 

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This succinct, readable introduction to Chinese migration traces the huge population movements within both within China and beyond its borders over thousands of years. Distinguished historian Diana Lary explores these migrations and the key roles they have played in Chinese history. She sees migration as a broad spectrum of movement, from short-term and short-range to… See more details below

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This succinct, readable introduction to Chinese migration traces the huge population movements within both within China and beyond its borders over thousands of years. Distinguished historian Diana Lary explores these migrations and the key roles they have played in Chinese history. She sees migration as a broad spectrum of movement, from short-term and short-range to permanent and long-range, and as a powerful vehicle for the transfer of commodities, culture, religion, and political influence. Her book will be compelling for all readers who want to understand the context for the present internal and international migrations that have changed the face of China itself and its international relations.

Editorial Reviews

Arthur Waldron
This is a brilliant, enchanting, and innovative book. Most important is the way that Diana Lary uses migration as a thread to review the history of China. The method turns out to be fitting and appropriate, and the result is uniquely illuminating.
Elizabeth Sinn
By offering a panoramic view of migration through four millennia, this extraordinary book remaps the history of China and redefines the scope and meaning of 'Chinese migration.' Truly ground-breaking.
Bernard Luk
Diana Lary has situated the epics of twentieth-century Chinese migrations on the broad canvas, and with the deepened perspective, of over four millennia of the Chinese past. Drawing on economic, social, cultural, legal, and gendered history, she shows how Chinese migrations may relate to universal themes, even as Chinese experiences often have differed from patterns elsewhere. This is a stupendous work that should provoke fertile comparative research in diverse disciplines, no less than it will inform fresh thinking within its own field of Chinese history.
CHOICE
Lary (emer., Univ. of British Columbia, Canada) has written a very informative introduction to Chinese migrations over the course of four millennia through her skillfully woven account of the movement of people, goods, and ideas. Chronologically, the book includes prehistory to unification, imperial times, the Republic, and the PRC, with an emphasis on 20th-century Chinese migrations from a global perspective. Each chapter starts with a brief review of that period's history and follows with discussion of migrations, themes, and peoples, places, and things. Drawing on the most current scholarship on migration studies, maritime history, and gender history, Lary has situated Chinese migrations in a larger picture from cross-disciplinary perspectives. This book also points out diverse potential research projects and will inspire more scholars and students in their own fields related to Chinese migrations. Summing Up: Recommended. General and undergraduate collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742567634
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/16/2012
Series:
Critical Issues in World and International History Series
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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