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The Invention of China

Bill Hayton

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Yale University
04 November 2020
[A] smart take on modern Chinese nationalism (Foreign Policy), this provocative account shows 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.
By:   Bill Hayton
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   310g
ISBN:   9780300257816
ISBN 10:   0300257813
Publication Date:   04 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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