The Retrospect and Prospect of Southwest Chinese Ethnic History Study
LONG Xiao-yan, WANG Wen-guang(Yunnan University, Kunming, Yunnan, 650091, China)
The study of Southwest Chinese history has been done for a long time. However, in the feudal society, the study was spontaneous and characterized by a strong sense of ethnic discrimination and political bias, hence the lack of objectivity. Since 1840, the study of Southwest Chinese history had become intentional, and more intensive and inclusive. After the foundation of the People's Republic of China, Southwest ethnic history study has entered into a new stage. Large-scale ethnic research work has been conducted and there have increasingly appeared special research institutions and professionals. More academic works and papers have been published. Now, in the 21st century, scholars of this domain are facing new opportunities together with challenges, and they must extend the present research scope so as to promote the study of Southwest Chinese history.