Continuity and Change in Chinese Historiography
Cheng, Alexander D.
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History has been, and continues to be, a central element in Chinese culture. The production of historical works and commentaries has been an enduring feature of at least elite culture in pre-modern China, and history has taken on increasing importance for Chinese society as a whole in the 20th century. What is important to note however, is that the form of Chinese history itself is not ahistorical, but has changed over time, perhaps most dramatically in the 20th century. This essay is concerned with this most recent change in Chinese historiography. In order to arrive at a meaningful explication of this topic, several questions will be addressed.