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《Journal of Beijing Union University(Humanities and Social Sciences)》 2011-04
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The Great Wall Is Not a Symbol of National Isolation

CHEN Wu-tong(School of History and Culture,Minzu University of China,Beijing 100081,China)  
It's worth approaching the important subject of how to evaluate the value and functions of the Great Wall.Recently some people hold the idea that the lack of Nephrites in Ming Dynasty was mainly due to the construction of the Great Wall,which was regarded as the symbol of national isolation;on the contrary,there were quite a lot Nephrites in Qing Dynasty because the nation stopped building the Great Wall and carried the opening policy.It's becoming a common thought that the Great Wall was the symbol of national isolation and the root of all troubles.Even somebody else regards the Great Wall as "The Big Fool" and totally denies its value and functions.However,the Great Wall isn't a symbol of national isolation.It's nonsensical to relate the Nephrites in Ming and Qing Dynasty with the construction of the Great Wall.A dynasty building the Great Wall may not adopt a closed-door policy;a dynasty without constructing it was not surly opened to the world,too.The value and great functions of the Great Wall must be affirmed from the historic prospective.
【CateGory Index】: K248
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