Speaking to History: The Story of King Goujian in Twentieth-Century China / Edition 1

Speaking to History: The Story of King Goujian in Twentieth-Century China / Edition 1

by Paul A. Cohen
     
 


"Paul Cohen shows us again how a master historian works."—Timothy Brook, Professor of History, University of Oxford

"An important work for understanding modern China's desire to shake off its 'century of shame.' It takes us to a deeper level of understanding China's sometimes fragile national psyche."—Ian Johnson, The Wall Street Journal

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"Paul Cohen shows us again how a master historian works."—Timothy Brook, Professor of History, University of Oxford

"An important work for understanding modern China's desire to shake off its 'century of shame.' It takes us to a deeper level of understanding China's sometimes fragile national psyche."—Ian Johnson, The Wall Street Journal

"Like all of Cohen's work, this is a stunningly insightful analysis. It is, without exaggeration, a tour de force, opening up a new world for understanding Chinese political culture. The book is extraordinarily important."—Keith Schoppa, author of Blood Road: The Mystery of Shen Dingyi in Revolutionary China

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520265837
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Series:
Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes Series
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,451,338
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Paul A. Cohen is Professor of History Emeritus at Wellesley College and Associate of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. His books include Discovering History in China: American Historical Writing on the Recent Chinese Past and History in Three Keys: The Boxers as event, Experience and Myth.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments

1. The Goujian Story in Antiquity
2. The Burden of National Humiliation: Late Qing and Republican Years
3. The Plight of Chiang Kai-shek's Taiwan
4. Crisis and Response: The Woxin changdan Fever of the Early 1960s
5. Political Allegory in the 1980s: Xiao Jun and Bai Hua
6. The Goujian Story in a Privatizing China
Conclusion: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Notes
Character List
Bibliography

Index

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