By Paul A. Cohen
This quantity features a variety of articles on sleek 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 ways to nineteenth-century background and gives strong reinterpretations of such key occasions within the contemporary background of China because the boxer uprising, Mao's ascension to strength in 1949, and the method of political and monetary reform within the post-Mao period. this can be a robust assortment to be able to be of huge curiosity to students of East Asian historical past.
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To say that Sun Yat-sen was not a possibility in 1800 is simply to say that there are limits to what can take place in any given generation, limits that no individual, however extraordinary, is capable of transcending. This is the negative aspect of the process of historical change. On the positive side, every generation contributes something new to the world, thereby changing the limits – and the possibilities – for the following generation. According to this “logic of generations,”5 what Sun Yat-sen thought and did at the turn of the century was built in part on what others had thought and done before him.
58 It was presented at a conference entitled “1900: The Boxers, China, and the World” and held at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, June 22–24, 2001. 1 Wang Tao in a changing world The genesis of a new man Early in 1894 a brash young man set out from his home in the south of China to present a memorandum on reform to Li Hongzhang, the most powerful official in the land. On his way north he stopped off in Shanghai and made the acquaintance of an elderly reformer of some prominence who helped him put his memorandum into acceptable form and agreed to write a letter of introduction to a member of Li’s staff.
Remapping China: Fissures in Historical Terrain (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996), p. 109; also p. 100. Lipman uses the term Sino-Muslim in his book (cited above) as well as in this article. 2 million. Unlike the largest Muslim minority, the Hui, who are to be found throughout the country, almost 100 per cent of Uyghurs live in the Uyghur autonomous region of Xinjiang. Gladney, Muslim Chinese, pp. 20, 29. Cohen, Discovering History in China, pp. 161–72. Lipman, “Hyphenated Chinese,” pp.
China Unbound: Evolving Perspectives on the Chinese Past by Paul A. Cohen