Chieftains into Ancestors: Imperial Expansion and Indigenous Society in Southwest China (Contemporary Chinese Studies)

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Official Chinese history has always been written from a centrist
viewpoint. Chieftains into Ancestors describes the
intersection of imperial administration and chieftain-dominated local
culture in the culturally diverse southwestern region of China.
Contemplating the rhetorical question of how one can begin to rewrite
the story of a conquered people whose past was never transcribed in the
first place, the authors combine anthropological fieldwork with
historical textual analysis to build a new regional
history – one that recognizes the ethnic, religious, and
gendered transformations that took place in China’s
nation-building process.




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We need to examine state expansion from the perspective of local societies and, with Chieftains into Ancestors, we now have the conceptual and methodological tools to do this. This is historical anthropology and micro-history at its best. (John E. Herman, author of Amid the Clouds and Mist: China’s Colonization of Guizhou, 1200-1700)

This is a fantastic and first-class collection, highly original in its combination of anthropological with historical approaches and marking a real contribution to understandings of social and cultural processes in southern China. Authored by some of the leading scholars in the field with an unparalleled knowledge of this subject, Chieftains into Ancestors is original and enlightening. (Nicholas Tapp, author of The Hmong of China: Context, Agency and the Imaginary)

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This volume combines anthropological fieldwork with historical
textual analysis to build a new regional history that documents the
ethnic, religious, and gendered transformations arising from imperial
China’s nation-building process.




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