Month: March 2014
Interview with historian Yang Kuisong (杨奎松) on his view of modern Chinese history, esp. revolutionary history
“Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future”: Interview with Jonathan Spence on his understanding of Chinese history
Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future
(Beijing) –British-born public intellectual, Jonathan Spence, has just released the 3rd edition of his most acclaimed work, “The Search for Modern China,” in the United States. This book, a survey of Chinese history spanning from the dawn of the Qing dynasty to the present day, emerged from his introductory courses given at Yale University, where Spence served as Sterling Professor of History for 15 years.
Taking aim at the prevalent idea of Chinese history which begins with the collapse of the dynastic political structure, Spence provides a view in which the country’s periods of weakness can be understood as part of a larger process in its development. China has absorbed many ideas from abroad and in some instances this emerged from both imperial weakness and imperial pressure, said Spence.
In a recent interview with Caixin, Spence talked about his understanding of Chinese history and the modern China. Excerpts of the interview follow.
Comparative analysis by historian Zhao Qingyun (趙慶雲) of the concepts of “class” and “nation” in Chinese and North Korean historiography
“階級” 與 “民族” 的糾 — 中國、朝鮮的近代史書寫
《二十一世纪》2013年12月140号, p. 99-107.
For an online version in simplified characters see http://www.21ccom.net/plus/wapview.php?aid=103322#rd.