By Paul Cohen,Paul A Cohen
Since its first e-book, Paul A. Cohen's Discovering historical past in China has occupied a novel position in American China scholarship. Translated into 3 East Asian languages, the quantity has turn into necessary to the research of China from the early 19th century to at the present time.
Cohen reviews the paintings of prime postwar students and is principally adamant approximately now not interpreting China during the lens of Western background. To this finish, he uncovers the powerful ethnocentric bias pervading the 3 significant conceptual frameworks of yank scholarship of the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties: the impact-response, modernization, and imperialism ways. instead of those, Cohen favors a ""China-centered"" technique during which historians comprehend chinese language historical past by itself phrases, paying shut consciousness to chinese language historic trajectories and chinese language perceptions in their difficulties, instead of a collection of expectancies derived from Western heritage. In a big new advent, Cohen displays on his fifty-year occupation as a historian of China and discusses significant contemporary tendencies within the box. even if a few of these advancements problem a narrowly conceived China-centered strategy, insofar as they permit extra balanced comparisons among China and the West and recast the chinese language and their historical past in additional human, much less unique phrases, they powerfully verify the relevant thrust of Cohen's work.
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Discovering History in China: American Historical Writing on the Recent Chinese Past (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University) by Paul Cohen,Paul A Cohen