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Reinventing Modern China: Imagination and Authenticity in Chinese Historical Writing

Huaiyin Li


This book offers the first systematic analysis of writings on modern Chinese history by historians in China from the early twentieth century to the present. It traces the construction of major interpretive schemes, the evolution of dominant historical narratives, and the unfolding of debates on the most controversial issues in different periods. Placing history writing in the context of political rivalry and ideological contestation, the book explicates how the historians' dedication to faithfully reconstructing the past was compromised by their commitment to an imagined trajectory of history ... More

Keywords: modern Chinese history, China, history writing, revolution, modernization, historical representation, historical processes, Maoist era, reform era

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824836085
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836085.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Huaiyin Li, author
University of Texas at Austin