Alternative Representations of the Past: The Politics of History in Modern China


Chen Fei (co-editor, with Ying-Kit Chan)

Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2020

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About the book: The relationship between the Chinese nation and its recent past has been fraught with contradictions and tensions. This collection aims to make sense of this complex relationship and challenge the prevalent state-centric and nation-centric modes of history writing on modern China. It explores alternative representations of the past and the salience of political conflicts and competitive histories in China, highlighting the paradoxical similarities in such representations of the past from the late nineteenth century to the present. Ultimately, this book contributes to the ongoing discussion on the politics of interpreting the past and its many manifestations in both China and other societies.

About the authorChen Fei is a HYI Asia-Pacific Studies Training Program Visiting Scholar from 2020-21.