Competing Narratives of Racial Unity in Republican China

  title={Competing Narratives of Racial Unity in Republican China},
  author={James Leibold},
  journal={Modern China},
  pages={181 - 220}
Following Prasenjit Duara's strategy for “de-constructing China,” this article traces the development of several competing narratives of national unity and origin during the formative Republican era (1911-49) of Chinese history. Faced with the difficult task of incorporating the heterogeneous peoples of the Qing empire into the new Chinese nation-state, Han Chinese intellectuals looked backward into their own history for scientific proof of this unitary national imaginary. The article focuses… Expand

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