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China's Search for Modernity

He Ping
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Twenty years after a return from fundamentalism to economic reality, China has become the world's tenth largest economy and an increasingly important global power. Despite the rise of fundamentalism and post-modernism, the pursuit of modernity was an ongoing historical movement in late twentieth century China. He Ping focuses on China's quest for and experience of modernity. Implicitly comparative, the author discusses broad aspects of both Chinese and western civilizations, including their scientific traditions and socio-economic structures, with reference to modernization. He seeks to enhance our understanding of the cultural changes behind China's phenomenal rise and provides a fresh case study for the global cultural discourse.

"Provides an insider's deep reflection on the intellectual and academic development that accompanied China's rapid modernization...Implicitly comparative, this erudite book analyzes broad aspects of Chinese and Western civilizations, such as their scientific traditions, cultural cores, personality traits, and social institutions. It examines Chinese scholars' reflective criticism of the so-called 'backward Chinese cultural tradition,' their debate over modernization strategy and their vision of modernity and hence it reveals how modernity is requested, discoursed and experienced in one of the oldest civilizations recently. It undoubtedly enhances our understanding of the rising China and the global cultural discourse on modernity." - Zhang Xupeng, Springer

HE PING is Professor of History at Sichuan University, China. Among his writings are The Glory of Empire: Tracing Ancient Roman Civilization and Afghanistan: The Intermixing and Clash of Civilizations.

Acknowledgements Introduction PART I: THE INQUIRY INTO HISTORY China's Historical Stagnation: Social and Economic Reasons China's Historical Stagnation: The Aspect of Science PART II: THE EXAMINATION OF CULTURE Towards a Modern Concept of Culture Re-imagining East-West Divide: Culture and Personality PART III: CULTURE AND MODERNIZATION The Significance of China's Cultural Tradition in Modernization The Imagination of Modernity and Pre-modernity in the 1990s Intellectuals and the Discourse Conclusion Appendices Endnotes and References Bibliography Index


Titel: China's Search for Modernity
Untertitel: Cultural Discourse in the Late 20th Century
He Ping
EAN: 9780333977156
ISBN: 978-0-333-97715-6
Format: Fester Einband
Herausgeber: Springer Palgrave Macmillan
Genre: Medien & Kommunikation
Anzahl Seiten: 228
Gewicht: 425g
Größe: H19mm x B224mm x T148mm
Jahr: 2002
Auflage: 2002

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