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Ying-shih Yü

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178600

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178600.001.0001

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Changing Conceptions of National History in Twentieth-Century China

Changing Conceptions of National History in Twentieth-Century China

(p.275) 14. Changing Conceptions of National History in Twentieth-Century China
Chinese History and Culture

Ying-shih Yü

, Josephine Chiu-Duke, Michael S. Duke
Columbia University Press

Recognizing that in traditional China “dynastic history” was the dominant historiographical paradigm, this essay describes the quiet revolution in historical thought that led to a paradigmatic shift in Chinese historiography from “dynastic history” to “national history.” It discusses the changes that took place between 1917 and 1937, or the golden age of Chinese historiography. It ends with Qian Mu’s magisterial Outline History of the Nation as a national history for all Chinese.

Keywords:   tianxia, All-under-Heaven, dynastic history, national history, national essence, guogu, scientific methodology

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