Discovering History in China American Historical Writing on the Recent Chinese Past
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Since its original publication, Paul A. Cohen's Discovering History in Chinahas occupied a singular place in American China scholarship. Translated into three East Asian languages, the volume has become essential to the study of China from the early nineteenth century to the present. Cohen critiques the work of leading postwar scholars and adamantly opposes reading China through the lens of Western history. More specifically, he counters the strong ethnocentric bias pervading three major conceptual frameworks of American scholarship from the 1950s and 1960s: the impact-response, modernization, and imperialism approaches. In place of these, Cohen favors a "China-centered" approach by which…
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 5/28/2010
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall