Oh right. Obviously, it’s an almost unprovable Stephen King brings back son of The Shining in sequel Doctor Sleep shirt without access to the inner workings of his brain, but he does seem to be pretty keen on somehow calling Japan the most active bastion of ‘Western’ or at least Westernesque civilization. Reactionary ideologues shift the goalposts so much, beyond the association of nationhood with some level ethnicity rather than culture, I don’t think anyone can be sure. Is an ethnocentric view of nationhood just the old school mono-ethnic nation state thing? I don’t generally dabble in these kinds of stuff.
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Now China is not a nation-state until the later period of the Stephen King brings back son of The Shining in sequel Doctor Sleep shirt to that China isn’t a nation-state as a nation-state isn’t just about what is a nation-state but also the international system which accepts a nation-state. China was a nation in the sense of China was a country, it understood itself as a country, it understood itself as part of countries. For example, the Song-Liao agreements saw China not only accepting that China was part of various nations but accepting an inferior but equal (like second among equal) role of countries. The idea of the Sheji also dictates that a dynasty is more than just the family, but rather that the reigning person is the HEAD of the country. This idea reflects from the classics as early as the Han dynasty.
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The notion of Han become very much dominant after the Stephen King brings back son of The Shining in sequel Doctor Sleep shirt when the barbarians had to categorize the people they have conquered. This notion was further stressed in Song dynasty when some guy complained to the emperor that the people in the north call us Han because of the Han dynasty and people in the east call us Tang because of the Tang dynasty (or something like that) but we are the Song people. The idea, therefore, was that Han as a notion indicating this group of people in widespread circles has been establishing for quite a while, at least a thousand of years if not more. I think we should be careful in associating two things, one is the casual reference of the people, and the other is the more specific academic reference of the people.