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Remote Homeland, Recovered BorderlandManchus, Manchoukuo, and Manchuria, 1907-1985$
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Dan Shao

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834456

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834456.001.0001

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Legitimizing Statehood, Revising History

Legitimizing Statehood, Revising History

Manchoukuo between Japan and the ROC

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Remote Homeland, Recovered Borderland

Dan Shao

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines how Manchu ethnohistory and Manchuria's historical relations with China Proper were mobilized by the Japanese to legitimize the statehood of Manchoukuo, and by the Chinese to delegitimize the same regime. The criteria and rhetoric mobilized to legitimize a new regime in the twentieth century differed from those used by the imperial dynasties that ruled China. Nevertheless, the legitimacy of Manchoukuo's statehood stirred up similar debates that centered on issues of territoriality and identity. Positioning Manchoukuo not only at an intersection where the histories of the ROC and Japan crossed but also in the history of the Manchus and Manchuria, this chapter examines a page of the past that today's Manzu may find difficult to read, but a page that was exposed to the international audience in the early 1930s.

Keywords:   Manchu ethnohistory, Manchoukuo, statehood, China, Japan, territoriality, identity

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