Recast All under Heaven: Revolution, War, Diplomacy, and Frontier China in the 20th Century

Recast All under Heaven: Revolution, War, Diplomacy, and Frontier China in the 20th Century

Xiaoyuan Liu

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 1441134891

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In applying the two interpretative themes of "frontier" and "ethnicity", the book examines the externalization from and internalization to China by a number of the tributary affiliates and outlying territories of the by-gone Qing Empire (e.g. Korea, Vietnam, "Outer" and Inner Mongolia, Tibet, and Xinjiang) The historical developments dissected here are certain overlooked aspects of the otherwise well-scrutinized international history of 20th-century East Asia. These helped transform the territorial domain and ethnic composition of the Chinese state from "imperial" to "national" The book is unique in blending analyses of "domestic" and "international" developments involved in China's modern reincarnation, and in providing an integral narrative that links historical themes pertinent to the eastern and western halves of China. While the frontier characteristics of the Chinese state in the pre-industrial age are not news to the field of China studies, this is the first study contending that "frontier China" has remained a fitting characterization of the rising Asian giant.

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Brill, 2002); and Xiaoyuan Liu, Reins of Liberation: An Entangled History of Mongolian Independence, Chinese Territoriality, and Great Power Hegemony, 1911–1950 (Stanford and Washington, DC: Stanford University Press and Wilson Center Press, 2006). Noticeable works on modern Tibet are Melvyn Goldstein, A History of Modern Tibet, 1913–1951: The Demise of the Lamaist State (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989) and A History of Modern Tibet, 1952–1956: Gathering of Storms (Berkeley:

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For relevant CCP documents, see “Outline of the Northwestern Work Committee of the CCP Central Committee on the Question of the Hui Nationality, April 1940,” MWWH, 648–656, and “Outline of the Northwestern Work Committee of the CCP Central Committee on the Question of the Mongol Nationality in the War of Resistance, July 1940,” ibid., 657–667. 85. Conner, 38. CHAPTER SEVEN Solve Rubik’s Cube in the Steppes During the second half of the 1940s two landmark events happened to the Mongolian

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