Prof. Edward Wang (Rowan University, New Jersey, and Beijing University):
The Persistent Appeal of Intellectual History in China: A Preliminary Observation/Explanation
In stark contrast to its apparent decline in the postwar West, intellectual history has been a prominent school in China’s historical circles over the same period. And, thanks to the exemplary works by acclaimed historians, it indeed has gained more vigor and luster in more recent decades. From a comparative and historical perspective, Wang will offer an explanation for this interesting phenomenon. Drawing on examples in both Chinese history and historiography, he argues that the primacy of intellectual history at once reflects and enhances an entrenched tradition, or the practices of “intellectual fundamentalism,” for the educated class in China to deal with a crisis by seeking an intellectual/cultural renovation.
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