"Reinventing Modern China: Imagination and Authenticity in Chinese Historical Writing" by Huaiyin Li (History Faculty New Book Talk)
Wed, March 26, 2014 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM • GAR 4.100
The History Faculty New Book Series presents:
Reinventing Modern China: Imagination and Authenticity in Chinese Historical Writing (University of Hawai`i Press, October 2012) by Huaiyin Li.
Wednesday, Mar. 26 | 2:00 p.m. | GAR 4.100
"This work offers the first systematic analysis of writings on modern Chinese history by historians in China from the early twentieth century to the present. It traces the construction of major interpretive schemes, the evolution of dominant historical narratives, and the unfolding of debates on the most controversial issues in different periods. Placing history-writing in the context of political rivalry and ideological contestation, Huaiyin Li explicates how the historians’ dedication to faithfully reconstructing the past was compromised by their commitment to an imagined trajectory of history that fit their present-day agenda and served their needs of political legitimation.
In search of a more effective approach to rewriting modern Chinese history, Reinventing Modern China proposes a within-time, open-ended perspective, which allows for different directions in interpreting the events in modern China and views modern Chinese history as an unfinished process remaining to be defined as the country entered the twenty-first century."
No RSVP needed. Please email Courtney to receive a copy of the reading selection to be discussed.