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Reconstructing World History in the People's Republic of China since the 1980s

Reconstructing World History in the People's Republic of China since the 1980s This article offers a critical review of the efforts made by Chinese historians since the 1980s to reconceptualize and reconstruct world history from a global perspective as well as the complex ideological, institutional, and sociopsychological issues that hindered their efforts. It argues that the success and failure of their work were in many ways related to the extent to which they were able (or unable) to overcome these barriers. The article discusses the new theoretical framework that Chinese historians developed, newly published world history texts, and reactions to recent Western scholarship. It concludes that, despite various problems, the Chinese historians' efforts signifi ed an important step in their long endeavor to envision a world history with Chinese characteristics. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Reconstructing World History in the People's Republic of China since the 1980s

Journal of World History , Volume 18 (3) – Nov 7, 2007

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Abstract

This article offers a critical review of the efforts made by Chinese historians since the 1980s to reconceptualize and reconstruct world history from a global perspective as well as the complex ideological, institutional, and sociopsychological issues that hindered their efforts. It argues that the success and failure of their work were in many ways related to the extent to which they were able (or unable) to overcome these barriers. The article discusses the new theoretical framework that Chinese historians developed, newly published world history texts, and reactions to recent Western scholarship. It concludes that, despite various problems, the Chinese historians' efforts signifi ed an important step in their long endeavor to envision a world history with Chinese characteristics.

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Nov 7, 2007

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