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Table Of Contents

Introduction
Prehistory to Unifcation
Map 1.1. Early China
The Qin/Han Era
Map 2.1. The Han Dynasty
The Tang Dynasty
Map 3.1. The Tang Dynasty
Map 3.2. The Silk Road
Map 5.1. The Mongol Empire
The Ming Dynasty
Map 6.1. The Ming Dynasty
Map 6.2. Zheng He’s Voyages
The High Qing Dynasty
Map 7.1. The Qing Dynasty
Map 7.2. The Tea Road
The Late Qing Dynasty
The First Decades of the Republic
Map 9.1. The Long March
The Early PRC, 1949–1965
Map 11.1. The People’s Republic of China
The Cultural Revolution, 1966–1976
The PRC Reform Era, 1978 to the Present
Special Categories of Migrant
Conclusion
Notes
Glossary
Names and Resources Listed with Chinese Characters
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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Chinese Migrations: The Movement of People, Goods, and Ideas over Four Millennia

Chinese Migrations: The Movement of People, Goods, and Ideas over Four Millennia

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The current waves of migration sweeping the Chinese world may seem like new phenomena, the outcome of modernization and industrialization. However, this concise and readable book convincingly shows that contemporary movements are just the most recent stage in a long history of migration, both within China and beyond its borders. Distinguished historian Diana Lary traces the continuous expansion and contraction of the Chinese state over more than four millennia. Periods of expansion, which involved huge movements of people, have been interspersed with periods of inward-turning stasis. Following a chronological framework, the author discusses the migrations themselves and the recurrent themes within them. We see migration as a broad spectrum of movement, from short-term and short-range to permanent and long-range, and as a powerful vehicle for the transfer of commodities, culture, religion, and political influence.

The Confucian tradition treated migration as undesirable. It praised the delights of staying at home: “A thousand days at home are good, half a day away is hard.” Lary argues that, despite this view, migration has been a key element in the evolution of Chinese society, one that the state disparages and encourages at the same time. Her book will be compelling for all readers who want to understand the context for the present internal and international migrations that have changed the face of China itself and its international relations.
The current waves of migration sweeping the Chinese world may seem like new phenomena, the outcome of modernization and industrialization. However, this concise and readable book convincingly shows that contemporary movements are just the most recent stage in a long history of migration, both within China and beyond its borders. Distinguished historian Diana Lary traces the continuous expansion and contraction of the Chinese state over more than four millennia. Periods of expansion, which involved huge movements of people, have been interspersed with periods of inward-turning stasis. Following a chronological framework, the author discusses the migrations themselves and the recurrent themes within them. We see migration as a broad spectrum of movement, from short-term and short-range to permanent and long-range, and as a powerful vehicle for the transfer of commodities, culture, religion, and political influence.

The Confucian tradition treated migration as undesirable. It praised the delights of staying at home: “A thousand days at home are good, half a day away is hard.” Lary argues that, despite this view, migration has been a key element in the evolution of Chinese society, one that the state disparages and encourages at the same time. Her book will be compelling for all readers who want to understand the context for the present internal and international migrations that have changed the face of China itself and its international relations.

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