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The Chinese State at the Borders
Diana Lary  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 5/21/2007
ISBN: 9780774813334    

$36.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2008
ISBN: 9780774813341    

352 Pages

Contemporary Chinese Studies series


About the Book

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.

About the Author(s)

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.

Table of Contents

Preface / Diana Lary

Introduction / Diana Lary

1. The Centre and the Borderlands in Chinese Political Theory / Alexander Woodside

2. Ming-Qing Border Defence, the Inward Turn of Chinese Cartography, and Qing Expansion in Central Asia in the Eighteenth Century / Benjamin A. 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. Ming China and Its Border with Annam / Leo K. Shin

6. Embracing Victory, Effacing Defeat: Rewriting the Qing Frontier Campaigns / Peter C. Perdue

7. Tributary Relations and 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: Rightests in the Army Farms of Beidahuang / Wang Ning

12. L'état, 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 B. Potter





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.

- Naomi Standen, co-editor of Frontiers in Question: Eurasian Borderlands, 700-1700

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.”
-- Bernard Luk, York University and The Hong Kong Institute of Education

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), September 2008

Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One

Related Topics

Asian Studies
Political Science

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