Ethnicity and Politics in Republican China

  title={Ethnicity and Politics in Republican China},
  author={Jonathan Neaman Lipman},
  journal={Modern China},
  pages={285 - 316}
  • J. Lipman
  • Published 1 July 1984
  • History
  • Modern China
The northwestern frontier of China and the northwestern frontier of America have much in common. Rough wilderness, sparse population, lawlessness, distance from the affairs of the greater society-these characterize the desert places of a nation, the outposts of its civilization. Frontiers lack the sharpness of definition we attribute to more central regions. They are perceived as important for the defense of the nation, not for their contributions to its character. Even America, the frontier… 

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