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The Ethnic Issues of China in the 20th Century

Editor in Chief: Wang Xi'en

Translators: Zhang Jianping

ISBN: 978-1-84464-478-0

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-84464-479-7

Hardback-314 Pages

May 2017


£85 €105 $135



The book is concerned with the Ethnic issues of China in the 20th century in general. It includes the conflicts between the foreign aggression and Democratic Revolution, the ethnic issues, the ethnic policies, the development in Xinjiang, Mongols, Tibet and other regions in China during the 20th century. Since China is a country with 56 nationalities, it adopts its own ethnic policy with Chinese character. As the rising of China now in the world with 1.3 billion population and multiple nationalities, the western world may doubt why China can maintain the harmony and high speed economic development in different regions, such as Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Tibet, etc. What are the historical causes led to such a multiple-nationality Country? There are unique aspects to this book. One is the detailed analysis on the historical background and reasons for such a multiple-nationality Country; the other is the vivid description of the ethnic policy in China in different minority nations and the interpretation of the issues and solutions for some special regions which the ethnic researchers studied. This book is a comprehensive study on the ethnic issues in China in three dimensions, from the chronological aspect, the policy making aspect, and the inner and international impact on Chinese ethnic issues. If the reader wants to know China, a multi-nationality Country’s development, these factors cannot be ignored.



Chapter I The Ethnic Issues of China at the Turn from the 19th to the 20th century Chapter II Foreign Powers’ Aggression against China and the Frontier Crisis around the Xinhai Revolution Chapter III The Democratic Revolution and Nationalism of China Chapter IV The Ethnic Policies and Institutions of the Republic of China Chapter V Regional Ethnic Autonomy and the Evolution of the Ethnic Affairs Administrative System since 1949 Chapter VI The Development of Chinese Minority Nationalities Chapter VII The Division and Evolution of the Mongols in the 20th Century Chapter VIII The “Issue of Tibet” in the 20th Century Chapter IX The Separatism and Social Stability in Xinjiang


Author and Translator:

Prof. Wang Xi’en is the chief editor of the whole book. Prof Wang is working in the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, CASS. His research field includes the history of ethnics in China and the Contemporary ethnic issues, the ethnical theories, etc. His representative monograph and essays are: The Process of Nationalities and Nations (1998), An Analysis of Contemporary Chinese Ethnic Issues (2002), The Process of Nationalization in the Global Background (2009), Issues and Harmony: Seeking the Solution of the Chinese Ethnic Problems (2012), Rethink about the Harmonious National Relations (2010)

Translator’s introduction in brief: Zhang Jianping, work as an English professor in Jiangxi University of Science and Technology, once as visiting scholar and professor to take training and teaching in Cambridge University and Canterbury University, University of Alabama.

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