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Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  4 reviews

How could the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) not only survive but even thrive, regaining the support of many Chinese citizens after the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989? Why has popular sentiment turned toward anti-Western nationalism despite the anti-dictatorship democratic movements of the 1980s? And why has China been more assertive toward the United States and Japan i

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Published August 1st 2012 by Columbia University Press
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Hadrian
勿忘国耻。 振兴中华。
"Never forget national humiliation. Rejuvenate the nation."

This volume presents a comprehensive history on the state of contemporary history education in China, and its demonstrated effects on the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party, and China's foreign relations. The main thrust of this education recasts the role of China in world history, presenting it as the victim of colonialism and imperialism through a 'century of humiliation' (百年国耻), lasting from 1839 at the start of the
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Jia Wei
4.5. An illuminating and refreshingly balanced read that provides plenty of interesting insights from an insider's perspective. I would have given it a rating of five if not for its repetitiveness in some parts.
Pamela
Wang Zheng has written an insightful book that identifies and explores a century of humiliation that had and still has a dramatic effect upon how China and the Chinese view themselves and international events. If you are teaching a course that requires a better understanding of China or if you simply want to better understand China's position in word events this is a must read. I'm planning to use portions from the introduction and Chapter 2 in a new college course I am developing on Chinese wri ...more
Andrew
This book provides an in-depth look into the way that modern Chinese history has influenced many of the country's recent foreign policy decisions. While not necessarily for the casual reader, it should be essential reading for anyone interested in learning about Chinese politics. This is one of the best books I have read about Chinese politics, and I look forward to reading more books and articles about the issues it raises.
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