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The Great Wall of China Does Not Exist

Ringmar, Erik LU (2017) In Walling, Boundaries and Liminality: A Political Anthropology of Transformations
Abstract (Swedish)
There are many walls in China but there is no “Great Wall” understood as a unified structure built for a given purpose. The Great Wall is a social rather than a physical construction erected not in China itself but in the minds of Europeans. The Great Wall existed because the Europeans decided that it had to exist, and before long they had found similar walls everywhere throughout the country. In early modern Europe, when mercantilism was the reigning doctrine, the Great Wall was admired; in the nineteenth-century, when ideas of free exchange were dominant, it was vilified. The eventual result of this work of the imagination was an aggressive European posture and a policy of imperialism.
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Great Wall of China, walls, walling, nomads, Chinese history, Ming dynasty, Qing dynasty
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Walling, Boundaries and Liminality: A Political Anthropology of Transformations
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Routledge
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  abstract     = {There are many walls in China but there is no “Great Wall” understood as a unified structure built for a given purpose. The Great Wall is a social rather than a physical construction erected not in China itself but in the minds of Europeans. The Great Wall existed because the Europeans decided that it had to exist, and before long they had found similar walls everywhere throughout the country. In early modern Europe, when mercantilism was the reigning doctrine, the Great Wall was admired; in the nineteenth-century, when ideas of free exchange were dominant, it was vilified. The eventual result of this work of the imagination was an aggressive European posture and a policy of imperialism.},
  author       = {Ringmar, Erik},
  keyword      = {Great Wall of China,walls,walling,nomads,Chinese history,Ming dynasty,Qing dynasty},
  language     = {swe},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  series       = {Walling, Boundaries and Liminality: A Political Anthropology of Transformations},
  title        = {The Great Wall of China Does Not Exist},
  year         = {2017},
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