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The Invention of China

The Invention of China

Publisher : Yale University Press
SKU: 9780300234824
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A provocative account showing that "China"--and its 5,000 years of unified history--is a national myth, created only a century ago with a political agenda that persists to this day
November, 2020
A provocative account showing that "China"-and its 5,000 years of unified history-is a national myth, created only a century ago with a political agenda that persists to this day China's current leadership lays claim to a 5,000-year-old civilization, but "China" as a unified country and people, Bill Hayton argues, was created far more recently by a small group of intellectuals. In this compelling account, Hayton shows how China's present-day geopolitical problems-the fates of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang, and the South China Sea-were born in the struggle to create a modern nation-state. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, reformers and revolutionaries adopted foreign ideas to "invent' a new vision of China. By asserting a particular, politicized version of the past the government bolstered its claim to a vast territory stretching from the Pacific to Central Asia. Ranging across history, nationhood, language, and territory, Hayton shows how the Republic's reworking of its past not only helped it to justify its right to rule a century ago-but continues to motivate and direct policy today.
Products specifications
ISBN13 9780300234824
Publisher Yale University Press
Contributor By (author) Bill Hayton
Publication Date 2020-10-13
Language English
Format Hardback
Pages 320
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 235 X 156 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 666
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A provocative account showing that "China"-and its 5,000 years of unified history-is a national myth, created only a century ago with a political agenda that persists to this day China's current leadership lays claim to a 5,000-year-old civilization, but "China" as a unified country and people, Bill Hayton argues, was created far more recently by a small group of intellectuals. In this compelling account, Hayton shows how China's present-day geopolitical problems-the fates of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang, and the South China Sea-were born in the struggle to create a modern nation-state. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, reformers and revolutionaries adopted foreign ideas to "invent' a new vision of China. By asserting a particular, politicized version of the past the government bolstered its claim to a vast territory stretching from the Pacific to Central Asia. Ranging across history, nationhood, language, and territory, Hayton shows how the Republic's reworking of its past not only helped it to justify its right to rule a century ago-but continues to motivate and direct policy today.
Products specifications
ISBN13 9780300234824
Publisher Yale University Press
Contributor By (author) Bill Hayton
Publication Date 2020-10-13
Language English
Format Hardback
Pages 320
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 235 X 156 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 666
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