A Companion to Chinese History
Wiley Blackwell Companions to World History 1. Aufl.
A Companion to Chinese History presents a collection of essays offering a comprehensive overview of the latest intellectual developments in the study of China’s history from the ancient past up until the present day. Covers the major trends in the study of Chinese history from antiquity to the present day Considers the latest scholarship of historians working in China and around the world Explores a variety of long-range questions and themes which serves to bridge the conventional divide between China’s traditional and modern eras Addresses China’s connections with other nations and regions and enables non-specialists to make comparisons with their own fields Features discussion of traditional topics and chronological approaches as well as newer themes such as Chinese history in relation to sexuality, national identity, and the environment
Notes on Contributors x Acknowledgments xv 1 Introduction 1Michael Szonyi Part I States of the Field 9 2 How Do We Know What We Know about Chinese History? 11Endymion Wilkinson 3 Chinese History in China: The State of the Field (1980s–2010s) 28May?]bo Ching 4 Chinese History in Japan: The State of the Field 44Shiba Yoshinobu 5 Chinese History in Europe: The State of the Field 53Harriet Zurndorfer 6 Chinese History in the Era of the China Dream 64Geremie R. Barmé and Michael Szonyi 7 Chinese History in World History 71Gregory Blue Part II Chronologies 87 8 Early China in Eurasian History 89Michael Puett 9 Was Medieval China Medieval? (Post?]Han to Mid?]Tang) 106Charles Holcombe 10 A Tang–Song Turning Point 118Nicolas Tackett 11 Periods of Non-Han Rule 129Michal Biran 12 Song to Qing: Late Imperial or Early Modern? 143R. Kent Guy 13 Nineteenth?]Century China: The Evolution of American Historical Approaches 154Paul A. Cohen 14 Republican History 168Janet Y. Chen 15 Rethinking the History of Maoist China 179S.A. Smith 16 The Reform Era as History 191Timothy Cheek Part III Themes and Approaches 205 17 Women, Gender, the Family, and Sexuality 207Weijing Lu 18 History of Premodern Chinese Literature 221Graham Sanders 19 Modern Chinese Literature 235David Der?]wei Wang 20 The Environmental History of China: Past, Present, and Future 252Peter C. Perdue 21 Science, Technology, and Medicine 265Carla Nappi 22 Legal History 277William P. Alford and Eric T. Schluessel 23 Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Identity in the Study of Modern China 290Thomas S. Mullaney 24 The Religious Core of Local Social Organization 304Barend J. ter Haar 25 Beyond the Great Divergence: Current Scholarship on the Economic History of Premodern China 315Richard von Glahn 26 Taiwan: Margin, Center, Node 327Shelley Rigger 27 Chinese Migrations 343Henry S.N. Yu 28 China in the World: Beyond the Tribute System 360John E. Wills, Jr. Glossary of Selected Terms 372 References 378 Index 437
Michael Szonyi is Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Professor of Chinese History at Harvard University. He is the author of Practicing Kinship: Lineage and Descent in Late Imperial China (2002), Cold War Island: Quemoy on the Front Line (2008; Chinese edition 2016), and the forthcoming Everyday Politics in Late Imperial China: Soldiers and their families in the Ming dynasty.
With a history as lengthy and complex as China’s, it should come as no surprise that the scholarly effort to understand its historical experience has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. A Companion to Chinese History is a comprehensive overview of the latest intellectual developments in the study of China’s history from antiquity to the present day. Offering cutting-edge scholarship by top historians from both China and around the globe, essays provide readers with an understanding of the current state of the field of Chinese history, including exciting recent developments, and promising future directions. Initial readings present an overview of Chinese historiography while covering such topics as China’s changing position in global and world history, the role of history in contemporary Chinese politics, and the current state of the field from European, Chinese, and Japanese perspectives. The full chronology of China’s history is covered next–with individual essays often challenging more conventional approaches to the periodization of Chinese history. Thematic approaches to Chinese history are then addressed, with essays touching on such diverse topics as sexuality and gender, literature, environmental history, science and technology, intellectual history, Taiwan, religion, economic and urban history, and many more. Timely and important, A Companion to Chinese History offers illuminating insights into the formidable history of one of the most important and least understood regions of the world.
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