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Nation, Buzu and the Formation of the Huaxia Nation

Social Sciences in China

Vol. 35, No. 4, 2014

 

Nation, Buzu and the Formation of the Huaxia Nation

(Abstract)

 

Wang Zhenzhong

 

The nation can be broken down into two categories: “ancient nations” and “modern nations.” The ancient Huaxia nation went through two phases in the course of its formation: the self-existent nation and the self-aware nation. The reason the self-existent Huaxia nation1 arose in the Xia and Shang period lies in its unified yet diverse composite state structure that could encompass a variety of buzu within the framework of a dynastic state. The pre-Xia Five Emperors period saw the genesis of the Huaxia nation. During this period, different buzu states were cemented into a diverse yet unified nation-state through a confederation of chiefdoms.