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Reinventing Modern ChinaImagination and Authenticity in Chinese Historical Writing$
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Huaiyin Li

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836085

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836085.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
Reinventing Modern China

Huaiyin Li

University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter presents a historical overview of Chinese history writing. It briefly examines how Chinese intellectuals have viewed China's “modern history” through their incessant construction of various, often conflicting, explanatory schemes and narratives since the early twentieth century. Central to the analysis is the proposition that historical writing on “modern China” has evolved primarily as a response to present challenges and concerns that have faced individuals; to write about modern China was primarily to trace the historical roots of the country's current problems in order to legitimize their solutions rather than a truth-seeking process or the reconstruction of the past as it actually happened. Chinese history writing, in other words, was inseparable from their participation in the social and political discourses of their own times and from their embrace or elaboration of ideologies that served to justify political claims.

Keywords:   history writing, Chinese modern history, modern China, social discourses, political discourses, political ideologies

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