China Unbound: Evolving Perspectives on the Chinese Past by Paul A. Cohen

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By Paul A. Cohen

This quantity features a variety of articles on sleek chinese language background and historiography written through one of many best educational specialists at the topic. the writer presents a critique of older techniques to nineteenth-century historical past and provides robust reinterpretations of such key occasions within the fresh heritage of China because the boxer uprising, Mao's ascension to energy in 1949, and the method of political and monetary reform within the post-Mao period. this can be a robust assortment on the way to be of huge curiosity to students of East Asian background.

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100–2 (the quotation is from p. 101). The difference that serious attention to ethnic difference makes in core–periphery mapping is also suggested in Millward, Beyond the Pass, pp. 10–12. ” Muslim Chinese, p. viii. , Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001); Harrell, Ways of Being Ethnic in Southwest China (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001); Uradyn E. Bulag, Nationalism and Hybridity in Mongolia (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998), especially chaps.

This would, of course, mean change. But it was change necessitated by circumstance, and such change, according to Wang, had always been sanctioned: When the course of Heaven changes above, the actions of men must change below. ”13 Wang Tao in a changing world 31 If China had to change before she could stand firm as a nation, did this mean that she must abandon her traditional customs, government, and culture and undergo a process of all-out Westernization? “No,” Wang answered emphatically, when I speak of change, I mean changing the outer, not the inner, changing what it is proper to change, not what cannot be changed.

The one point of contact between China and the West in these years was the regulated trade carried on at Canton (Guangzhou). Unlike the Dutch trade at Nagasaki, however, the Canton contact did not serve as a funnel for the transmission of Western intellectual influences. Confucian China, isolated by choice and totally self-absorbed, had no way of knowing what was in store for it. By the end of the nineteenth century – five foreign wars, five domestic upheavals, and dozens of imposed treaties later – this proud and comfortable world had been shattered.

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