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China's Search for Modernity

Cultural Discourse in the Late 20th Century

Authors: Ping, HE

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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.

About the authors

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.

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"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


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-21

    Ping, He

  • China’s Historical Stagnation: Social and Economic Aspects

    Pages 25-47

    Ping, He

  • China’s Historical Stagnation: the Scientific Aspect

    Pages 48-69

    Ping, He

  • Toward a New Chinese Idea of Culture

    Pages 73-92

    Ping, He

  • Re-imagining the East-West Divide: Culture and Personality

    Pages 93-116

    Ping, He

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eBook $139.00
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Hardcover $175.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-333-97715-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • This title is currently reprinting. You can pre-order your copy now.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
China's Search for Modernity
Book Subtitle
Cultural Discourse in the Late 20th Century
Authors
Series Title
St Antony's Series
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-28856-0
DOI
10.1057/9780230288560
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-97715-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 228
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