Rescuing History from the Nation
Questioning Narratives of Modern China New edition
By (author) Prasenjit Duara
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Rescuing History from the Nation by Prasenjit Duara
Book DescriptionThis study offers a systematic account of the relationship between the nation-state, nationalism, and the concept of linear history. Focusing primarily on China and including a discussion of India, Duara argues that many historians of postcolonial nation-states have adopted the linear, evolutionary history of the Enlightenment/colonial model. As a result, they have written repressive, exclusionary, and incomplete accounts. The backlash against such histories has resulted in a tendency to view the past as largely constructed, imagined, or invented. In this book, Duara offers a way out of the impasse between constructionism and the evolving nation; he redefines history as a series of multiple, often conflicting narratives produced simultaneously at national, local, and transnational levels. In a series of closely linked case studies, he considers such examples as the very different histories produced by Chinese nationalist reformers and partisans of popular religions, the conflicting narratives of statist nationalists and of advocates of federalism in early twentieth-century China. Duara seeks to demonstrate the necessity of incorporating contestation, appropriation, repression, and the return of the repressed subject into any account of the past that will be meaningful to the present.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226167220
(227mm x 148mm x 18mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 9-Jan-1997
Country of Publication: United States
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Decolonization, Paperback (November 2003)» View all books by Prasenjit Duara
'Decolonization' collects challenging perspectives on the process of decolonization in the 20th century, including writings by Ho Chi-Minh and Nehru. This is a move away from Western analysis of the phenomenon, towards the angle of vision of the former colonies.
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Author Biography - Prasenjit Duara
Prasenjit Duara is chair of the department of history at the University of chicago. He is the author of "Culture, Power, and the State: Rural North China, 1900-1942" and "Sovereignty and Authentcity: Manchukuo and the East Asian Modern."
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