Asian Borderlands: The Transformation of Qing China's Yunnan Frontier
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Yunnan was not always China: indeed not so long ago large parts of Yunnan were only nominally part of the empire. To make Yunnan, outside the main Han cities, a Chinese province required significant effort. Here Giersch's study on Yunnan's hinterland makes an interesting if academic read.

Harvard University Press, Cambridge 2006, ISBN 0674021711 BibTeX citation

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