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Narrating Southern Chinese Minority Nationalities

Politics, Disciplines, and Public History


Part of the New Directions in East Asian History book series (NDEAH)

About this book


Based on fieldwork, archival research, and interviews, this book critically examines the building of modern Chinese discourse on a unified yet diverse Chinese nation on various sites of knowledge production. It argues that Chinese ideology on minority nationalities is rooted in modern China's quest for national integration and political authority. However, it also highlights the fact that the complex process of conceptualizing, investigating, classifying, curating, and writing minority history has been fraught with disputes and contradictions. As such, the book offers a timely contribution to the current debate in the fields of twentieth-century Chinese nationalism, minority policy, and anthropological practice.


Modern Chinese Discourse on Nationalism Chinese Ideology on Minority Nationalities Ethnic Minorities in Southwest China Conceptualization, Investigation and Writing of Minority History National Integration and Political Authority

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Allegheny CollegeMeadvilleUSA

About the authors

Guo Wu is Associate Professor of History at Allegheny College, USA. He obtained his PhD in history in 2006 from the State University of New York at Albany and has been teaching at Allegheny College. His publications include one research monograph and multiple articles focusing on late imperial and 20th century China.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Narrating Southern Chinese Minority Nationalities
  • Book Subtitle Politics, Disciplines, and Public History
  • Authors Guo Wu
  • Series Title New Directions in East Asian History
  • Series Abbreviated Title New Directions in East Asian History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-6021-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-6022-0
  • Series ISSN 2522-0195
  • Series E-ISSN 2522-0209
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 229
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethnology
    Political History
    History of China
    Modern History
    Knowledge - Discourse
    Intellectual Studies
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“The book is clearly written, well researched and documented (based on fieldwork, archival research and interviews). This makes Guo Wu’s study a fundamental contribution to historiography on its subject and an enriching reading for both scholars and advanced students of Asian Politics, China Politics and International Relations, in general. … the work is timely in light of some recent events. Here it suffices to refer to the so-called Xinjiang Papers, a 400-page report, possibly leaked from a high level source within the Chinese Communist Party … .” (Barbara Onnis, Asia Maior,, Vol. 30, 2019)