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Title: Contested centenary: remembering the May Fourth movement in the PRC and across Chinese communities
Authors: van Dongen, Els
Keywords: Humanities::History::Asia::China
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Asia Research Institute
Source: van Dongen, E. (2019). Contested centenary: remembering the May Fourth movement in the PRC and across Chinese communities. The Asia Dialogue (July 2019), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Series/Report no.: The Asia Dialogue (July 2019)
Abstract: History is no small matter in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Many readers are probably familiar with the historical narrative of the so-called ‘century of humiliation’ that commenced with the First Opium War from 1839 to 1842. This relevance of history in China goes beyond a mere case of ‘using the past to serve the present’, however: long before the ascent of Mao Zedong, it was believed that one could ‘know the future in the mirror of the past’ (jianwang zhilai). The writing of history was about disclosing the ideal moral order that had been realised during a past Golden Age.
Schools: School of Humanities 
Rights: © 2019 The Author(s). All rights reserved. This paper was published in The Asia Dialogue and is made available with permission of The Author(s).
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