Tibet and Nationalist China’s Frontier

Intrigues and Ethnopolitics, 1928-49

Hsaio-ting Lin,

Tibet and Nationalist China’s Frontier

Hsaio-ting Lin,

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

304 pages
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780774813013 Published October 2006 For sale in USA only
In this ground-breaking study, Hsiao Ting Lin demonstrates that the Chinese frontier was the subject neither of concerted aggression on the part of a centralized and indoctrinated Chinese government nor of an ideologically driven nationalist ethnopolitics. Instead, Nationalist sovereignty over Tibet and other border regions was the result of rhetorical grandstanding by Chiang Kai-shek and his regime. Tibet and Nationalist China’s Frontier makes a crucial contribution to the understanding of past and present China-Tibet relations. A counterpoint to erroneous historical assumptions, this book will change the way Tibetologists and modern Chinese historians frame future studies of the region.
Contents

Preface

Part 1: The Setting

1 The Nationalist Government, National Image, and Territorial Fragmentation in the Prewar Decade (1928-37)

2 The Professed Policy, the Policy Planners, and the Imagined Sovereignty

Part 2: The Prewar Decade, 1928-37

3 The Unquiet Southwestern Borderlands

4 The Mission to Tibet

5 The ‘Commissioner’ Politics

Part 3: The Wartime Period, 1938-1945

6 Building a Nationalist-controlled State in Southwest China

7 The Issue of China-India Roadway via Tibet

8 Rhetoric and Reality in Wartime China’s Tibetan Concerns

Part 4: The Postwar Period, 1945-49

9 Postwar Frontier Planning vis-à-vis non-Han Separatist Movements

10 The Sera Monastery Incident

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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