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- DescriptionChina is a vast nation comprised of hundreds of distinct ethnic communities, each with its own language, history, and culture. Today the government of China recognizes just 56 ethnic nationalities, or minzu, as groups entitled to representation. This controversial new book recounts the history of the most sweeping attempt to sort and categorize the nation's ermous population: the 1954 Ethnic Classification project (minzu shibie). Thomas S. Mullaney draws on recently declassified material and extensive oral histories to describe how the communist government, in power less than a decade, launched this process in ethnically diverse Yunnan. Mullaney shows how the government drew on Republican-era scholarship for conceptual and methodological inspiration as it developed a strategy for identifying minzu and how n-Party-member Chinese ethlogists produced a scientific survey that would become the basis for a policy on nationalities.
- Author BiographyThomas S. Mullaney is Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University.
- Author(s)Thomas S. Mullaney
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication27/12/2011
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleAsia: Local Studies/ Global Themes
- Series Part/Volume Number18
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note1 line illustration, 4 maps, 22 tables
- Weight59 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Foreword byBenedict Anderson
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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