Inventing China through History: The May Fourth Approach to Historiography

Inventing China through History: The May Fourth Approach to Historiography

by Q. Edward Wang

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Overview

A critical examination of the rise of national history in early-twentieth-century China.

This book describes the rise of national history in early-twentieth-century China. It studies the careers of a group of liberal historians including well-known figures such as Liang Qichao and Hu Shi and lesser known figures such as He Bingsong, Fu Sinian, Yao Congwu, and Chen Yinke. Buoyed by the quest for “Mr. Science” and “Mr. Democracy” during the May Fourth Movement of 1919, these historians searched for a scientific presentation of China’s national past, inspired by the Western and Japanese practice of scientific history. Their efforts to bridge the perceived gap between tradition and modernity, native and foreign, past and present, created a new, scientific model of history in China. The book also discusses the significance of this historiographical experience in late-twentieth-century China and Taiwan.

Q. Edward Wang is Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at Rowan University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791491829
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 10/12/2000
Series: SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 935 KB

About the Author

Q. Edward Wang is Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at Rowan University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

History and Modernity
The Chinese Context
Tradition and Identity

2. New Horizon, New Attitude

Past versus Present
Perceiving the West
New Historiography

3. Scientific Inquiry

Innovation or Renovation?
The American Model
History and Philology
Rankean Historiography

4. Equivalences and Differences

Methodological Attempt (A)
Methodological Attempt (B)
In Discovery of Ancient China
In Search of Modern History

5. Seeking China’s National Identity

China-Based Modern Culture
History and Public Sphere
History and Politics
Ti and Yong: A Reconsideration

6. Epilogue

Glossary
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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