Illuminates China’s ties to tradition and path to modernity
In this landmark cultural study, one of China’s leading scholars uses the concepts of distinciation and return to provide understanding of China’s growth into a modern nation. Distinciation and Return: Analysis on Traditional Culture and Modernization of China explores how modern-day China was born amid the competing impulses of tradition and revolution. As China moved from the era of a feudal dynasty to the modern socialist age, the nation has had to face competing strains of reform and tradition – distanciation and return. With special emphasis on the author’s areas of expertise (the 1911 Revolution and the Late Qing Dynasty Era), Distinciation and Return: Analysis on Traditional Culture and Modernization of China covers China’s complicated historical relationships with Japan and Russia, the Opium War and the meddling by Western powers, and how these events shaped China’s rise as a modern superpower. Zhang Kaiyuan expertly traces the links between the China of history and the China of the 21st century. Distinciation and Return: Analysis on Traditional Culture and Modernization of China is an invaluable study on China for anyone who wishes to learn more about the nation’s current success as well as its long and rich history.
About the Author
Zhang Kaiyuan was born in 1926. He served under noted scholar M. Searle Bates in the University of Nanking’s history department and he later authored a famous book on the Nanking Massacre, Eyewitnesses to History: American Missionaries Bear Witness to the Atrocities in Nanking. In July 1949, he served as an assistant and a teacher in the History Department of the Institute of Education in Wuhan. He taught at the Normal College of Zhongyuan University. In September 1951, he moved to the Central University (now the Central China Normal University [CCNU]) and served as a Professor in the History Department. From 1985 to 1991, he served as the President of CCNU. He is one of China’s foremost scholars on the study of the 1911 Revolution. He was one of the founders of the Institute of Chinese Modern History and the Center for the Study of Chinese Christian Colleges. A visiting researcher at Princeton, he was also a visiting fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Luce Fellow in History at Yale, a visiting professor at the University of California at San Diego and Chengchi University in Taiwan, and the holder of an honorary degree from Augustana College.