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Make an Offer. Find Rare Books Book Value. Sign up to receive offers and updates: Subscribe. Events, such as the Taiwan crisis and strained relations with the United States and Japan, played a catalytic role in this debate, as they helped to divert attention from the real issue of political modernisation to ethnic nationalist emotions. A brief look at Chinese history reveals that racist thinking has never been foreign to Chinese politics.
The list of racial stereotypes used by Chinese scholars since the nineteenth century is long. However, one should always take into consideration that this terminology was strongly influenced by European ideas. Racism in Europe was in vogue at the beginning of the twentieth century, and Chinese intellectuals were by no means alone in applying racial terms and theories.
They took them from the West. Sautman has collected statements by high-ranking Chinese communist cadres that obviously reveal racial thinking. Han and Tibetans are regarded as parts of a common race, and the early historical Tibetan and Yellow River cultures are regarded as identical.
Tibetans allegedly belong to the Chinese nation through this blood relationship. Instead, as Gladney has argued 39 , one can observe the fragmentation of Chinese identity, even among the Han majority, and the emergence of various regional identities and national movements in the Chinese-speaking area. Popular autonomous nationalism, which emerged in the s and surfaced in various autonomous demonstrations against the United States and Japan [, ] and publications.
The second option seems to be more likely. Tibetan and Uighur nationalisms, which became stronger in the s. Both are ethnic and religious movements. The second is clearly ethnic and religious, either demanding autonomous rights guaranteed under the Constitution or even independence. Taiwanese nationalism. The rehabilitation of Taiwanese culture has favoured the cultural identity of the Taiwanese and has supported the rise of Taiwanese nationalism in the s.
Though the ethnic aspect is very strong, the synthesis of ethnic and democratic concepts has created a civic and liberal type of nationalism in a Chinese-speaking area for the first time, which could be a model for the Chinese mainland too. Democratic nationalism, which is clearly underdeveloped on the mainland.
There are a few scholars who favour democratic nationalism and the introduction of a democratic regime in China, such as Wu Guoguang, Ding Xueliang and Zheng Yongnian, but none of them teaches on the mainland. This is one of the most positive aspects of this period. For the first time since , Chinese people on the mainland have had the chance to develop their own identity by immersing themselves in their own culture and simultaneously adapting to modernity.
Are they indicators of a desirable democratisation of Chinese society in all areas? As desirable as this would be, skepticism is yet called for, as the following observations show. One can observe the build-up of two main positions, both of which might become the dominating political movements in the future and both of which to a certain extent refer to traditions in Chinese thought.
In the following years the partial modernisation conducted by the government favoured negative developments, such as corruption and the abuse of power, and no independent political institutions have been created for their control. The renaissance of traditional Chinese thought, especially of Neo-Confucianism, seems to support a rising ethnic and cultural nationalism, and not necessary political liberalism and democracy.
Although Marxism-Leninism and Maoism still prevail on the surface, the foundations of other systems of thought have been laid down and have started to exert their long-lasting influence. The pluralist nature of the intellectual discourse is no longer stifled by a closed system of thought as it was in the past.
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Chinese scholars have started recovering their philosophical tradition, and, in comparing it with the West, they are building new cultural identities in their search for modernity. Moreover, there is reason to hope that the continuous study of Western philosophy in China, and of Chinese philosophy in the West, will lead to a common understanding that basic modes of thinking can be found in both cultures, and that these can be used to establish the foundations for a better intellectual discourse in the future.
It is this official policy that forces the minorities to rediscover and redefine their own identities, and which arouses national feeling among them. A solution to the clash between conflicting cultural and national identities in China could lie in the development of a multi-ethnic nationalism that is based on the principles of political liberalism. A multidisciplinary journal providing analysis of the latest political, economical, social and cultural trends in the Chinese world.
Perspectives chinoises. Outline Discourses on cultural and national identity. Full text PDF Send by e-mail. Discourses on cultural and national identity 4 Identity has become a paradigm for the individual and for groups and nations in their search for safe ground in disturbed times. New York, Norton, pp. Brookfield United States , Ashgate, pp. Ithaca, Cornell University Press. Munich, Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 55 and Edited by Thadden, Rudolf von. New York The Intellectuals and From the French side also the essay by Groh, D.
Seine Vorstellungen vom Sozialismus in China. Inaugural Dissertation. Short presentations also in Tan, Chester C. Newton Abbot, pp. Refer also to Grieder , p. Meissner , 50ff, ff. The "Debate on Total Westernization," in: China Jahrhundert, in: Tradition und Neubeginn.
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Internationale Forschungen zur deutschen Geschichte im Ralf Moritz und Lee Minghui, Leipzig Werner Meissner , Western Philosophy in China, A Bibliography. Euro-Sinica , Vol. Compare Zhongguo zhexue nianjian , — , Zhongguo shehui kexueyuan zhexueyanjiu suobian, Beijing. Macmillan, New York. However, the German, the Russian and the Chinese cases, as well as the developments in the former Yugoslavia, seem to justify his definition. Frank W. Price, ed. Gottfried Karl Kindermann, who made this point already very early in his book: Konfuzianismus, Sunyatsenismus und chinesischer Kommunismus , Freiburg The classical trappings with which the gothic cathedral was decked she considers to have debased the occasion with confusing messages.
At the same time Louis XVI is condemned for insisting on taking the traditional jumble of oaths. There are distinct Jansenist overtones in her insistence that planned display, not to mention departures from older traditions, somehow cannot be authentic or sincere or accepted as such by those at whom they are directed. But coronations, like funerals, need to be adjusted, especially when they come so long after the last one.
We in England will no doubt witness this problem a few years from now.
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The three main sections of the collection are preceded by two overviews. In a substantial introduction, Michael Schaich attempts to distil general conclusions, but too often a lack of consensus among the contributors leaves him sitting on the fence. Nobody has ever accused J. Religion and its doctrines, he argues, were not taken seriously by the social-science oriented historians of the mid- twentieth century, and consequently they failed to take account of one of the mainsprings indeed the mainspring, he almost seems to be claiming of public life throughout the long eighteenth century.
The waspishness he once reserved for Marxists like Christopher Hill or Edward Thompson reappears here, but is also now deployed against such targets as Quentin Skinner and Keith Thomas, both damned with faint praise for not discerning the direction in which research was destined to go. And now we learn that the crusade is not yet over. The footnotes proclaim the imminence of a new instalment, a book on Providence, Chance and Destiny , which will doubtless inimitably explore themes which occur in this collection, but are not consistently pursued by any of the contributors.
Not that Clark is wrong to feel vindicated. The overall message of this book is indeed that religion and its connections with monarchy remained vital over the long eighteenth century. The practice and interpretation of religion at court certainly changed, but it did not shrivel away as so many previous historians took for granted. And the Enlightenment-derived idea of desacralization, so far from being beyond dispute as the editor claims p.
To respond to the review of a volume of collected essays is an ambivalent experience. It presents a very welcome opportunity to engage with arguments put forward by such an eminent historian as Professor Doyle whose views on the eighteenth-century monarchy are highly valued by anyone working in the field.
And I would like to thank him for taking on the task of reviewing this volume. On the other hand, as editor one does not feel entitled to speak on behalf of individual contributors and to respond to specific criticism. I will therefore confine myself to two more general points with regard to the structure and overall message of the volume.