Studying ancient world history in 20th-century China : a review of The Making of an alienated past : the study of ancient world history in twentieth-century China, by Xin Fan

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Abstract

In contemporary China, world history as an academic discipline studies the history of the entire world except, curiously, that of China. This is no mere oversight but a deliberate design at most, if not all, colleges and universities throughout mainland China. This systemic expulsion of the historical entity that is China from world history is seemingly arbitrary, but like all things in the world, it does have a history. The story of how this came to be is the subject of this richly researched dissertation The Making of an Alienated Past: The Study of Ancient World History in Twentieth-Century China by Xin Fan.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2015
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