By Paul A. Cohen

This quantity encompasses a variety of articles on glossy chinese language historical past and historiography written by way of one of many major educational specialists at the topic. the writer offers a critique of older methods to nineteenth-century heritage and provides robust reinterpretations of such key occasions within the fresh historical past of China because the boxer uprising, Mao's ascension to energy in 1949, and the method of political and financial reform within the post-Mao period. this can be a robust assortment with a purpose to be of huge curiosity to students of East Asian historical past.

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For an interesting discussion of the variety of pasts available to people of Chinese descent in Southeast Asia for the fashioning of new identities, see Wang Gungwu, “Ethnic Chinese: The Past in Their Future,” paper presented at conference on “International Relations and Cultural Transformation of Ethnic Chinese,” Manila, November 26–28, 1998. McKeown, “Conceptualizing Chinese Diasporas,” p. , p. 331. The Chinese diaspora is, of course, only one of several such large-scale migratory movements of recent centuries; others include the Indian, African, and Armenian diasporas.

189–90. 50 I should note here that not all historians accept the view of a common human condition. ” China and the Christian Impact: A Conflict of Cultures, trans. Janet Lloyd (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), p. 247. Implicitly throughout his book and explicitly in its concluding pages, Gernet advances a linguistic determinism so powerful, at least in potential, as to place in jeopardy any sort of meaningful cross-cultural inquiry or understanding. 2 (December 1987): 674–83. 51 Paul A.

We may be certain that before a hundred years are out, all four will be in China’s possession, functioning as if they had always been with us and viewed [by everyone] as commonplace contrivances. It is not that I want this prediction to come true; it cannot help but come true. Circumstances and the times make it so. It is Heaven’s wish that the eastern and western halves of the globe be joined in one. The significance we attach to these paragraphs will depend on the framework of assumptions with which we approach them.

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