This volume contains a number of articles on modern Chinese history and historiography written by one of the leading academic experts on the subject.
This volume contains a number of articles on modern Chinese history and historiography written by one of the leading academic experts on the subject. The author provides a critique of older approaches to nineteenth-century history and offers powerful reinterpretations of such key events in the recent history of China as the boxer rebellion, Mao's ascension to power in 1949, and the process of political and economic reform in the post-Mao era. This is a strong collection which will be of enormous interest to scholars of East Asian history.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations ix
Introduction: China unbound 1 (22)
1 Wang Tao in a changing world 23 (25)
2 Moving beyond "Tradition and Modernity" 48 (37)
3 New perspectives on the Boxers: the view from 85 (20)
4 Boxers, Christians, and the gods: the Boxer 105(26)
conflict of 1900 as a religious war
5 Ambiguities of a watershed date: the 1949 131(17)
divide in Chinese history
6 Remembering and forgetting national 148(37)
humiliation in twentieth-century China
7 Revisiting Discovering History in China 185(15)
8 Three ways of knowing the past 200(21)