The book originates from a critical reflection on the relationship between the past and historical writing. As a book on representations, the present volume does not seek to ascertain the accuracy of writings about the past. Rather than focusing on historiography or specific historical moments, contributors explore representations of the past related to modern China as well as reveal and challenge the workings of the two dominant modes of historical writing in modern China: state-centrism and nation-centrism. Ultimately, the book contributes to the ongoing discussion on the politicization of history, concentrating¿on the politics of interpreting the past and its many manifestations in both China and other societies since the late nineteenth century.
Ying-kit Chan, Leiden University
Fei Chen, Shanghai Normal University