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The Southern expansion of the Chinese people : "Southern fields and Southern Ocean."

CollectionsANU Press (1965- Present)
Title: The Southern expansion of the Chinese people : "Southern fields and Southern Ocean."
Author(s): Fitzgerald, C. P.
Date published: 1972
Publisher: Canberra, ACT : Australian National University Press
Description: 
Chinese influence, culture and power have always moved southward since the first age of which we have reliable historical evidence. In this book Professor FitzGerald tells the story of this southward expansion, both in the lands most directly affected by it - Yunnan which ended as a province of China, and Vietnam, north and south, which was once within the Empire, but has not been so since the end of the T'ang Dynasty - and in the further countries of Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Burma, which all to varying degrees came under the influence and acknowledged the power of China. Beyond these countries were others, Malaya, Java, Sumatra and Borneo, which experienced Chinese influence, and sometimes her power, but which have not owed allegiance to China for several centuries. Although the territorial southward expansion of China ended with the rise of the Manchu Dynasty in 1664, and her political influence in South-East Asia then declined - due partly to the decline of Chinese seapower and partly to the arrival of European imperialist powers - there followed the massive migration of the individual Chinese, which resulted in the large minorities of Chinese in many South-East Asian countries today. In the second part of his book Professor FitzGerald examines the cultural, economic and political effects of this migration on the countries concerned and its implications for the future. He convincingly challenges the view, widely held in the West, that the Chinese population in South-East Asia are a potential 'fifth column' for Mao Tse-Tung. While disclaiming the role of prophet, he cogently presents the historical facts that need to be taken into account in any assessment of the probable future of the area.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/114799

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