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Rescuing History from the Nation: Questioning Narratives of Modern China

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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 ...

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Rescuing History from the Nation: Questioning Narratives of Modern China
1997, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226167220

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