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The Chinese State at the Borders
     

The Chinese State at the Borders

by Diana Lary (Editor)
 

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The People's Republic of China claims 22,000 kilometres of land borders and 18,000 kilometres of coast line. How did this vast country come into being? The state credo describes an ancient process of cultural expansion, where border peoples gratefully accepted Chinese high culture. But why has the "centre" so often been compelled to maintain control over its border

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The People's Republic of China claims 22,000 kilometres of land borders and 18,000 kilometres of coast line. How did this vast country come into being? The state credo describes an ancient process of cultural expansion, where border peoples gratefully accepted Chinese high culture. But why has the "centre" so often been compelled to maintain control over its border regions? The essays in this volume look at this relationship over a long time span, questioning whether the process of expansion was a benevolent civilizing mission.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780774813341
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Bernard Luk

The Chinese State at the Borders is well-researched, thought-provoking, and highly literate— the contributors are first-rate scholars. Any reader interested in the history of Chinese frontiers or the nature of the Chinese state, past and present, will benefit from this multidisciplinary volume.

Naomi Standen

This book is of great importance in helping to reshape our conceptions of China as a spatial entity . . . The Chinese State at the Borders makes a highly significant contribution to the surprisingly scanty literature on China's borders, and extends its reach beyond that through comparative examples.

Meet the Author

Diana Lary is a professor emerita of history at the University of British Columbia. Contributors include Timothy Brook, Nicola Di Cosmo, Benjamin Elman, Stevan Harrell, Van Nguyen-Marshall, Pitman Potter, Peter Perdue, André Schmid, Leo Shin, Wang Ning, Alexander Woodside, and Victor Zatsepine.

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