Teaching Chinese history : the issue of approach

Fang, Xiangshu and Bi, Lijun 2013, Teaching Chinese history : the issue of approach, Higher education of social science, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 25-29.

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Title Teaching Chinese history : the issue of approach
Author(s) Fang, XiangshuORCID iD for Fang, Xiangshu orcid.org/0000-0002-7891-5660
Bi, Lijun
Journal name Higher education of social science
Volume number 4
Issue number 2
Start page 25
End page 29
Total pages 5
Publisher Canadian Research & Development Center of Sciences and Cultures
Place of publication [Quebec City, Quebec]
Publication date 2013-03-31
ISSN 1927-0232
Keyword(s) Chinese history
history teaching methodology
Summary In China, the study of history has never been a detached academic pursuit, as it has always been indistinguishable from political directions. Chinese political leaders have been unable to adopt a disinterested approach towards history, be it distant or contemporary. On the other hand, Western historians interpret Chinese history from their own point of view, and they often view Chinese history as an extension of Western history. Often, they have been preoccupied with the concern to explain or justify their own record or involvement rather than to produce an objective account, especially in regard to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries’ history of China. This study questions the conventional approach to China’s past, be that of a Confucian, a Communist or a Western ethnocentric historiographer. It explores the possibility of establishing a “Chinese experience-based” approach while maintaining “impartiality and neutrality”, looking to historical studies outside of China to achieve this.
Language eng
Field of Research 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
210302 Asian History
Socio Economic Objective 950502 Understanding Asia's Past
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052564

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