In this ground-breaking study, Hsiao Ting Lin demonstrates that theChinese frontier was the subject neither of concerted aggression on thepart of a centralized and indoctrinated Chinese government nor of anideologically driven nationalist ethnopolitics. Instead, nationalistsovereignty over Tibet and other border regions was the result ofrhetorical grandstanding by Chiang Kai-shek and his regime. Tibetand Nationalist China's Frontier makes a crucialcontribution to the understanding of past and present China-Tibetrelations. A counterpoint to erroneous historical assumptions, thisbook will change the way Tibetologists and modern Chinese historiansframe future studies of the region.
Diana Lary is a professor of history and director of the Centre ofChinese Research at the Institute of Asian Studies, University ofBritish Columbia. Among her many publications, she is co-editor withStephen MacKinnon of Scars of War: The Impact of Warfare on ModernChina.
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 EarlySeventeenth Century / Nicola Di Cosmo 4 What Happens When Wang Yangming Crosses the Border / TimothyBrook 5 Wang Yangming and the Problem of "Non-Chinese" / LeoShin 6 Embracing Victory, Effacing Defeat: Rewriting the Qing FrontierCampaigns / Peter Purdue 7 The Qing-Choson Frontier on Mount Paektu / AndreSchmid 8 The Amur, as River, as Border / Victor Zatsepine 9 The Ethics of Benevolence in French Colonial Vietnam: ASino-Franco-Vietnamese Cultural Borderland / VanNguyen-Marshall 10 A zone of nebulous menace: the Guangxi/Indochina border in theRepublican period / Diana Lary 11 Border Banishment: Political Exile in the Army Farms ofBeidahuang / Wang Ning 12 L'etat, c'est nous? or We have met the oppressor and heis us? The predicament of minority cadres in the PRC / StevanHarrell 13 Theoretical and Conceptual Perspectives on the Periphery inContemporary China / Pitman Potter Bibliography Index