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Introduction borderinG China: M o d e r n i t Y a n d s u s ta i n a b i L i t Y wEn-Hsin yEH University of California, Berkeley The papers included in this section of the journal grew out of a Berkeley workshop with the same title. They may not have much in common in terms of genre, discipline, project, or objective. Yet they share an attention to the material aspects of China, both in "China proper" and in the Chinese borderlands, including issues of resources, environment, and ecology in studies of history, politics, society, and economy. The papers, in short, seek to invest a certain agency in environmental factors. They also seek to demonstrate the reward of such an approach. Peter C. Perdue's thought-provoking essay, developed from his keynote speech at the workshop, draws on studies of ecological systems to build a theory of historical studies of political systems. It seeks to describe a system in terms of phases of development, identifying the system's attributes ("innovation," "flexibility," "openness," "diversity," and so forth) and linking them to a polity's capacity for resilience. To apply the theory to practice, the essay outlines a comparative http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

borderinG China: M o d e r n i t Y a n d s u s ta i n a b i L i t Y wEn-Hsin yEH University of California, Berkeley The papers included in this section of the journal grew out of a Berkeley workshop with the same title. They may not have much in common in terms of genre, discipline, project, or objective. Yet they share an attention to the material aspects of China, both in "China proper" and in the Chinese borderlands, including issues of resources, environment, and ecology in studies of history, politics, society, and economy. The papers, in short, seek to invest a certain agency in environmental factors. They also seek to demonstrate the reward of such an approach. Peter C. Perdue's thought-provoking essay, developed from his keynote speech at the workshop, draws on studies of ecological systems to build a theory of historical studies of political systems. It seeks to describe a system in terms of phases of development, identifying the system's attributes ("innovation," "flexibility," "openness," "diversity," and so forth) and linking them to a polity's capacity for resilience. To apply the theory to practice, the essay outlines a comparative

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Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture ReviewUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 31, 2013

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