Reviews 59 Paul A. Cohen. China Unbound: Evolving Perspectives on the Chinese Past. Critical Asian Scholarship, Mark Selden editor. London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003. xii, 226 pp. Hardcover $100.00, isbn 041529822 9. Paperback $29.95, isbn 0415298237. As of last year, China historian Paul Cohen had authored two monographs, Between Tradition and Modernity (1974), on the nineteenth-century scholar Wang Tao, and History in Three Keys (1997), on the Boxer Rebellion of 18981900. In between, he published his seminal reflection on the American discipline of Chinese history, Discovering History in China (1984). With China Unbound, Cohen offers unrevised chapters from all three works, along with revised versions of two previously published articles, one on the use of 1949 as a turning point in modern history and another essay on efforts by Chinese intellectuals to keep "national humiliation" from being forgotten. The collection also includes the preface to the second edition of Discovering History in China (1997), and a revised version of the introduction and conclusion to History in Three Keys. As this summary should suggest, China Unbound is an engaging and useful overview of Cohen's works. For many in the field, Cohen's scholarship has become a touchstone. Discovering History
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jan 18, 2004
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