This concluding chapter redefines “modern Chinese history” as an ongoing, open-ended course in order to make sense of the grand process of transformation that China is experiencing in the twenty-first century and of its significance in world history and to extend the time span of modern China to include periods before and after the processes that have been covered by existing narratives. It is also necessary to retrieve modern China from the artificial space of the nation-state and to place it in a historical space in which Chinese civilization experiences an unprecedented renewal through creative interactions with other civilizations. To search for an alternative master narrative and properly comprehend the meanings and goals of modern Chinese history in light of globalization, this chapter suggests examining existing political or scholarly conceptions of the ongoing process of China's transformation and its ultimate destinations.
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