The Making of the Chinese State: Ethnicity and Expansion on the Ming Borderlands

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 3, 2006 - History - 246 pages
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Leo Shin traces the roots of China's modern ethnic configurations to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Challenging the traditional view that China's expansion was primarily an exercise of incorporation and assimilation, Shin argues that as the center extended its reach to the wild and inaccessible south, the political interests of the state, the economic needs of the settlers, and the imaginations of the cultural elites all facilitated the demarcation and categorization of these borderland 'non-Chinese' populations. Similarly, modern-day Chinese rulers also find it critical to officially recognize a total of fifty-six 'nationalities'.

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Page 243 - Struve, ed., The Qing Formation in World-Historical Time. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Asia Center, 2004.
Page 240 - Heaven and Earth: Album Leaves from a Ming Encyclopedia: San-ts'ai t'u-hui, 1610. Boulder, Colo.: Shambhala Publications, 1979.

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Leo K. Shin is Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia.

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