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Rescuing History from the Nation
Title : Rescuing History from the Nation
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ISBN : 9780226167220
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 286 pages

Prasenjit Duara offers the first systematic account of the relationship between the nation state, nationalism, and the concept of linear history Focusing primarily on China and including discussion of India, Duara argues that many historians of postcolonial nation states have adopted a linear, evolutionary history of the Enlightenment colonial model As a result, they hav Prasenjit Duara offers the first systematic account of the relationship between the nation state, nationalism, and the concept of linear history Focusing primarily on China and including discussion of India, Duara argues that many historians of postcolonial nation states have adopted a 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 He demonstrates 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 Duara demonstrates how to write histories that resist being pressed into the service of the national subject in its progress or stalled progress toward modernity


Rescuing History from the Nation Reviews

  • Hadrian

    This discussion of the development of trends within Chinese nationalism begins with, of course, beating up on Hegel Duara begins with a critique of the Lectures on the Philosophy of History, and the idea of a linear path towards a single version of Enlightenment These lectures present the idea of the nation state being the embodiment of this historical process Duara, taking a lead from contemporary philosophers, understands that this not only constituted a major point in Western politi This dis [...]

  • Alex

    Interrogations into the discursive field for the history of modern china before it was set, bifurcating what may have been history written by the losers from the weight of the present interpretive regime An intellectual prosopography some Liang Qichao and some Liang Shuming, a little bit of Hu Shi and Lu Xun, some Sun Yat Sen and some Mao Zedong, and other figures I don t know as well Comparisons with India always, always appreciated.Various chapters pursue the following themes as buzzwords Inte [...]

  • J.M. Hushour

    Continuing my dark journey through the seedy underbelly of academia, I step over the festering mass of this confusing book Duara thinks there is a repressive connection between History yes, with an H, which also stands for Hegel and the nation Enlightenment historiography has dominated the world Completely And we must rescue history with a little h fromwell, from someone, apparently This is one of those hilarious books in which concepts are anthropomorphized, categories of analys Continuing my d [...]

  • peter

    my advisor s most well known book, on chinese nationalism ive picked apart the index for references in a research project, but need to read the whole thing ive heard it called a field changing book

  • Danny

    Is it really that interesting to point out that there are alternatives to national history Maybe it was in 1995 though it s hard to see that being the case , but now it just feels like harping on a point that no one would disagree with.

  • Jessica Zu

    A true classic Will re read Read the Chinese translation this time another layer of understanding

  • Chunhua Li

    Densely argued, but very intriguing.

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    If it is true that that which lives in history cannot be defined, then it is ironic that the nation seeks its ultimate moorings in history p.3 Duara not only paints an alternative and much needed picture of Chinese history, he also makes a mould for a complete rework of historiography It s not just a Deconstructionist argument, history is than just interpretation the reader as author Rather, Duara argues that true historiographical work requires knowledge that history is a bifurcat If it is tru [...]

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