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Rescuing History from the Nation Questioning Narratives of Modern China

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ISBN-10: 0226167224

ISBN-13: 9780226167220

Edition: 1995

Authors: Prasenjit Duara

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Prasenjit Duara offers the first systematic account of the relationship between the nation-state, nationalism, and the concept of linear history. Focusing primarily on China and including discussion of India, Duara argues that many historians of postcolonial nation-states have adopted a linear, evolutionary history of the Enlightenment/colonial model. As a result, they have written repressive, exclusionary, and incomplete accounts. The backlash against such histories has resulted in a tendency to view the past as largely constructed, imagined, or invented. In this book, Duara offers a way out of the impasse between constructionism and the evolving nation; he redefines history as a series…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 286
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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Provincial Narratives of the Nation: Federalism and Centralism in Modern China
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