In this ground-breaking study, Hsiao Ting Lin demonstrates that the
Chinese frontier was the subject neither of concerted aggression on the
part of a centralized and indoctrinated Chinese government nor of an
ideologically driven nationalist ethnopolitics. Instead, nationalist
sovereignty over Tibet and other border regions was the result of
rhetorical grandstanding by Chiang Kai-shek and his regime. Tibet
and Nationalist China's Frontier makes a crucial
contribution to the understanding of past and present China-Tibet
relations. A counterpoint to erroneous historical assumptions, this
book will change the way Tibetologists and modern Chinese historians
frame future studies of the region.
Diana Lary is a professor of history and director of the Centre of Chinese Research at the Institute of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia. Among her many publications, she is co-editor with Stephen MacKinnon of Scars of War: The Impact of Warfare on Modern China.
Preface Introduction 1 The Borderlands in Chinese Political Theory, Past and Present / Alexander Woodside 2 Ming-Qing Border Defense, the Inward Turn of Chinese Cartography, and Qing Expansion in Central Asia in the Eighteenth Century / Benjamin 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 Wang Yangming and the Problem of "Non-Chinese" / Leo Shin 6 Embracing Victory, Effacing Defeat: Rewriting the Qing Frontier Campaigns / Peter Purdue 7 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: Political Exile in the Army Farms of Beidahuang / Wang Ning 12 L'etat, 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 Potter Bibliography Index