Chieftains into Ancestors: Imperial Expansion and Indigenous Society in Southwest China - Contemporary Chinese Studies (Hardback)David Faure (editor)
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Official Chinese history has always been written from a centristviewpoint. Chieftains into Ancestors describes theintersection of imperial administration and chieftain-dominated localculture in the culturally diverse southwestern region of China.Contemplating the rhetorical question of how one can begin to rewritethe story of a conquered people whose past was never transcribed in thefirst place, the authors combine anthropological fieldwork withhistorical textual analysis to build a new regionalhistory - one that recognizes the ethnic, religious, andgendered transformations that took place in China'snation-building process.
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
- Nicholas Tapp, author of The "Hmong of China: Context, Agency and the Imaginary"
We need to examine state expansion from the perspective of local societies and, with "Chieftains into Ancestors", we now have the conceptual and methodological tools to do this. This is historical anthropology and micro-history at its best.
- John E. Herman, author of "Amid the Clouds and Mist: China's Colonization of Guizhou, 1200-1700"
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