Building a Nation in China’s Borderlands, 1919–45
Contemporary Chinese Studies
Published by: UBC Press
198 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm, 17 b&w photos, 3 maps
- ISBN: 9780774867559
- Published: September 2022
The centre may hold, but borders can fray. Frontier Fieldwork explores the work of social scientists, agriculturists, photographers, and missionaries who took to the field in China’s southwest at a time when foreign political powers were contesting China’s claims over its frontiers. In the early twentieth century, when the threat of imperialism loomed large in the Sino-Tibetan borderlands, these fieldworkers undertook a nation-building exercise to unite a disparate, multi-ethnic population. Andres Rodriguez exposes the transformative power of the fieldworkers’ efforts, which placed China’s margins at the centre of its nation-making process and race to modernity.