Rescuing History from the Nation Questioning Narratives of Modern China
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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…
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/1/1997
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
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