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A Path Twice Traveled: My Journey as a Historian of China

A Path Twice Traveled: My Journey as a Historian of China

Auteur

COHEN Paul A.


Editeur

Harvard University Press

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Paru le : 01 Janvier 2019
Pages : 316
EAN 13 : 9780674237292

Résumé
In this memoir, Paul A. Cohen, one of the West's preeminent historians of China, traces the development of his work from its inception in the early 1960s to the present, offering fresh perspectives that consistently challenge us to think more deeply about China and the historical craft in general. A memoir, of course, is itself a form of history. But for a historian, writing a memoir on one's career is quite different from the creation of that career in the first place. This is what Cohen alludes to in the title A Path Twice Traveled. The title highlights the important disparity between the past as originally experienced and the past as later reconstructed, by which point both the historian and the world have undergone extensive change. This distinction, which conveys nicely the double meaning of the word history, is very much on Cohen's mind throughout the book. He returns to it explicitly in the memoir's final chapter, appropriately titled “Then and Now: The Two Histories.”

Paul A. Cohen is Edith Stix Wasserman Professor of Asian Studies and History Emeritus at Wellesley College.

Table of Contents:
List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. Beginnings
2. Wang Tao: The Problem of Change in the Late Qing
3. The Next Step: Discovering History in China
4. Discovering History in China: The Backstory
5. Limits of the China-Centered Approach
6. A Multiplicity of Pasts: History in Three Keys
7. History in Three Keys: Research, Writing, and Publishing History
8. From the Boxers to King Goujian: Surprise Developments
9. The Problem of Insideness versus Outsideness: Speaking to History
10. The Power of Story: History and Popular Memory
11. Then and Now: The Two Histories
Appendix: Author's Publications
Notes
Index