The Global and Regional in China's Nation-Formation - Asia's Transformations/Critical Asian Scholarship (Paperback)Prasenjit Duara (author)
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China's history tends to be studied from a national perspective only. The Global and Regional in China's Nation-Formation attempts to train our eyes to see the picture of China less as a self-contained entity, a "geobody", than as part of a broader set of global and regional processes; from the "outside-in". It covers the major historical problems of China in the twentieth century, namely imperialism, nationalism, state-building, religion and the role of history
Part I views imperialism and nationalism in China from the perspective of global and regional circulations and interactions. It also examines the changing role of history over the twentieth century from the same perspective. Part II focuses on how myth, religion and Chinese conceptions of society and polity are re-shaped by external influences and forces, as well as how these internal practices themselves shape the external impact. Part III is a comparative section, examining how global processes become unique developments in China.
The Global and Regional in China's Nation-Formation is an ideal resource for anyone studying China's history, society and culture.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 14 mm
"Prasenjit Duara is one of the few historians who forces us to think in a completely new way about China. From a new idea of what makes up a nation to a profound rethinking of the nature of colonialism, Duara has reshaped the way we think about the Chinese past and its links to the present. This collection of essays showcases a writer who opens up new windows on China and its place in the world." - Rana Mitter, Oxford University, UK, April 2009
"The great appeal of this collection is it gives an excellent overview of the many provocative theoretical insights that this major scholar offers in his writing. The Global and Regional in China's Nation-Formation also sketches out a provocative new paradigm for historians of modern China, East Asia and, indeed, the modern world." - Justin Tighe, The China Journal, No. 64, 2010