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The Chinese State at the Borders free pdf The People's Republic of China claims to have 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, as border peoples gratefully accepted Chinese high culture en route to becoming inalienable parts of the country. And yet, the 'centre' also fights against manifestations of discontent in the border regions, not only to maintain control over the regions themselves, but also to prevent a loss of power at the edges of the state from triggering a general process of regional devolution in the Han Chinese provinces. These contradictions take away from the elegance and simplicity of the official credo. The essays in this volume look at this relationship over a long span of time, questioning whether the process of expansion was a benevolent civilizing mission.

About Diana Lary

Diana Lary is a professor emerita of history at the University of British Columbia.

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Author : Diana Lary
Publisher : University of British Columbia Press
Data Published : 15 December 2008
ISBN : 0774813342
EAN : 9780774813341
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 352 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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