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Mirabel Joshi # Posted on February 5, 2014 at 19:54

Comment to Yaqi Fu

Thank you for making many good and interesting points.

The main focus in your reflection Founding an Empire is on the identity process and the idea of space which is an insightful and interesting approach. In Cederlöfs research the main sources are maps and revenue reports from the British rule and as you point out it would be very interesting to see how the historical narrative of the British Empire and the North-East would perhaps change when adding Chinese and Mongolian sources which is an excellent point made. Another good point you make is that of how the perception of nature defines identity and how nature acts as boundaries separating culture and countries in the region in a different and maybe more absolute sense then political or economic boundaries. Why did it take so long for the British to accept that the monsoon defines regional practises? Was it an identity crisis. How do you govern territory when one can’t be sure what the territory consist of?