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date: 23 January 2020

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This chapter raises new questions concerning existing ways to conceive of Chineseness, particularly considering the cases of other East Asian countries hitherto largely neglected when exploring Chineseness. The chapter first reviews the multiple ways Chineseness has been approached in various disciplines and then undertakes some historical investigations of the development of a specific type of Chineseness in East Asian history. It focuses in particular on the history of the Qing dynasty (1616–1911). This chapter shows that the notion of China constantly undergoes transformation that reflects changing historical conditions over more than two thousand years.

Keywords: Qing dynasty, Chosŏn Korea, Chinese identity, Sinophone, civilization, barbarians, ethnicity

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