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Informationen zum Autor Naomi Standen is professor of medieval history at the University of Birmingham. Klappentext For westerners... Lire la suite
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Informationen zum Autor Naomi Standen is professor of medieval history at the University of Birmingham. Klappentext For westerners! China's history is often reduced to a choice between timeless Confucian ideals or incomprehensible barbarisms such as footbinding or mass slaughter! fueled by generalizations such as "China has five thousand years of history!" "China was a Confucian society!" "Chinese women were victims!" "China is a communist country!" and many more. But China is now too globally important to allow such oversimplifications to continue unchallenged! and this engaging and deeply knowledgeable volume counters them vigorously. In concise and accessible style! the contributors scrutinize a range of historical misconceptions that have ramifications for the present and future of China and its relations with the rest of the world. They consider how misunderstandings have arisen and present more sophisticated and nuanced interpretations. Readers will learn how numerous popular beliefs about China's history are mistaken and what new interpretations can help build the more accurate understandings of present-day China that we so badly need. By explicitly addressing common misconceptions! the book persuades readers to reexamine their assumptions about China's history-and thus China in general-and begin to see it as a real rather than largely imagined place. Contributions by: 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. Inhaltsverzeichnis Preface Rana Mitter Introduction: The Creation of History in China Naomi Standen Part I: Images of an Ancient and United Nation Chapter 1: The Chinese Peter C. Perdue Chapter 2: The Great Wall Peter Lorge Chapter 3: Foreign Conquerors of China Naomi Standen Chapter 4: Confucius: The Key to Understanding China Tim Barrett Part II: Cultural Traditions Chapter 5: The "Decline" of Buddhism in China Tansen Sen Chapter 6: Islam in China Michael Brose Chapter 7: Chinese Medicine Bridie Andrews Chapter 8: Traditional Chinese and the Environment Ling Zhang Chapter 9: Chinese Martial Arts Stanley Henning Chapter 10: Women in Chinese History Clara Wing-chung Ho Part III: Imperial China Chapter 11: China's Age of Seafaring Ruth Mostern Chapter 12: Civil Service Examinations Elif Akcetin Chapter 13: Xinjiang at the Center Judd Kinzley Chapter 14: Tibet Elliot Sperling Chapter 15: Modern China's Borders Andres Rodriguez Chapter 16: The Opium War and China's "Century of Humiliation" Julia Lovell Part IV: Making Modern China Chapter 17: Sun Yat-sen Wasana Wongsurawat Chapter 18: Republican China under the Nationalists! ca. 1925-1945 Felix Boecking Chapter 19: The Rise of the Chinese Communist Party Christian Hess Chapter 20: Simplified Characters Imre Galambos Chapter 21: The One-Child Policy Barbara Mittler Chapter 22: The Cultural Revolution! 1966-1976 Marjorie Dryburgh Chapter 23: China's Political System Hai Ren Chapter 24: Tiananmen 1989 Fabio Lanza ...

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Naomi Standen is professor of medieval history at the University of Birmingham.



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For westerners, China's history is often reduced to a choice between timeless Confucian ideals or incomprehensible barbarisms such as footbinding or mass slaughter, fueled by generalizations such as "China has five thousand years of history," "China was a Confucian society," "Chinese women were victims," "China is a communist country," and many more. But China is now too globally important to allow such oversimplifications to continue unchallenged, and this engaging and deeply knowledgeable volume counters them vigorously. In concise and accessible style, the contributors scrutinize a range of historical misconceptions that have ramifications for the present and future of China and its relations with the rest of the world. They consider how misunderstandings have arisen and present more sophisticated and nuanced interpretations. Readers will learn how numerous popular beliefs about China's history are mistaken and what new interpretations can help build the more accurate understandings of present-day China that we so badly need. By explicitly addressing common misconceptions, the book persuades readers to reexamine their assumptions about China's history-and thus China in general-and begin to see it as a real rather than largely imagined place.

Contributions by: 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.



Contenu

Preface by Rana Mitter Introduction: The Creation of History in China by Naomi Standen Part I: Images of an Ancient and United Nation Chapter 1: The Chinese by Peter C. Perdue Chapter 2: The Great Wall by Peter Lorge Chapter 3: Foreign Conquerors of China by Naomi Standen Chapter 4: Confucius: The Key to Understanding China by Tim Barrett Part II: Cultural Traditions Chapter 5: The "Decline" of Buddhism in China by Tansen Sen Chapter 6: Islam in China by Michael Brose Chapter 7: Chinese Medicine by Bridie Andrews Chapter 8: Traditional Chinese and the Environment by Ling Zhang Chapter 9: Chinese Martial Arts by Stanley Henning Chapter 10: Women in Chinese History by Clara Wing-chung Ho Part III: Imperial China Chapter 11: China's Age of Seafaring by Ruth Mostern Chapter 12: Civil Service Examinations by Elif Akcetin Chapter 13: Xinjiang at the Center by Judd Kinzley Chapter 14: Tibet by Elliott Sperling Chapter 15: Modern China's Borders by Andres Rodriguez Chapter 16: The Opium War and China's "Century of Humiliation" by Julia Lovell Part IV: Making Modern China Chapter 17: Sun Yat-sen by Wasana Wongsurawat Chapter 18: Republican China under the Nationalists, ca. 1925-1945 by Felix Boecking Chapter 19: The Rise of the Chinese Communist Party by Christian Hess Chapter 20: Simplified Characters by Imre Galambos Chapter 21: The One-Child Policy by Barbara Mittler Chapter 22: The Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976 by Marjorie Dryburgh Chapter 23: China's Political System by Hai Ren Chapter 24: Tiananmen 1989 by Fabio Lanza

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Demystifying China
Sous-titre: New Understandings of Chinese History
Éditeur:
Code EAN: 9781442208957
ISBN: 1442208953
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
nombre de pages: 262
Poids: 560g
Taille: H235mm x B157mm x T20mm
Année: 2012