Demystifying China: New Understandings of Chinese History - download pdf or read online

By Naomi Standen

For westerners, China’s heritage is frequently lowered to a call among undying Confucian beliefs or incomprehensible barbarisms corresponding to footbinding or mass slaughter, fueled by means of generalizations resembling “China has 5 thousand years of history,” “China used to be a Confucian society,” “Chinese ladies have been victims,” “China is a communist country,” and lots of extra. yet China is now too globally very important to permit such oversimplifications to proceed unchallenged, and this enticing and deeply an expert quantity counters them vigorously. In concise and obtainable kind, the participants scrutinize a variety of old misconceptions that experience ramifications for the current and way forward for China and its family with the remainder of the realm. they think about how misunderstandings have arisen and current extra subtle and nuanced interpretations. Readers will find out how various renowned ideals approximately China’s background are flawed and what new interpretations may help construct the extra actual understandings of present-day China that we so badly desire. by way of explicitly addressing universal misconceptions, the booklet persuades readers to reexamine their assumptions approximately China’s history—and therefore China in general—and start to see it as a true instead of principally imagined position.

Contributions through: Elif Akçetin, Bridie Andrews, Tim Barrett, Felix Boecking, Michael C. Brose, Marjorie Dryburgh, Imre Galambos, Stanley E. Henning, Christian Hess, Clara Wing-chung Ho, Judd Kinzley, Fabio Lanza, Peter Lorge, Julia Lovell, Rana Mitter, Barbara Mittler, Ruth Mostern, Peter C. Perdue, Hai Ren, Andres Rodriguez, Tansen Sen, Elliot Sperling, Naomi Standen, Wasana Wongsurawat, and Ling Zhang.

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