China Unbound: Evolving Perspectives on the Chinese Past

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Psychology Press, 2003 - History - 226 pages
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.

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Contents

Wang Tao in a changing world
23
Moving beyond Tradition and Modernity
48
the view from
85
the Boxer conflict
105
the 1949 divide
131
Remembering and forgetting national humiliation
148
Revisiting Discovering History in China
185
Three ways of knowing the past
200
invading army
203
Index
221
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Paul A Cohen is Edith Stix Wasserman Professor of Asian Studies and History, Emeritus, Wellesley College and an Associate at the Fairbank Centre for East Asian Research at Harvard University. He has published widely on Chinese History, including the award-winning History in Three Keys: The Boxers as Event, Experience and Myth (1997) and Discovering History in China: American Historical Writing on the Recent Chinese Past (1984).

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