Ideas, History, and Modern China

Editors: Ban Wang and Hui Wang
With China’s economic boom, continuous political stability, and increasing influence, it is time to ask if the trajectories of the Chinese Revolution--its troubled interaction with the world market, its national independence movements, its pursuit of egalitarianism, communism, and socialism, and its post-socialist reform—could be understood as a meaningful and consistent historical experience. It is important now to see how China’s past efforts have contributed or obstructed its progress since the Qing empire was thrust into the international system of nation-states in the late 19th century. This series aims to place the study of China in the contexts of the international system of nation-states, global capitalist and market expansion, imperialist rivalry, the Cold War, and recent waves of economic globalization. It welcomes analytical attempts to frame intellectual, historical, and cultural analysis conducive to dialectical relations between these categories. Ideas will not be studied in the abstract but be set in motion and intertwined with praxis through analysis of historical contexts and enriched by close analysis of aesthetic texts, such as literature, narratives, and phenomena of everyday life.

Ban WANG, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, UCLA, is the William Haas Professor in Chinese Literature at Stanford University. He is author of The Sublime Figure of History: Aesthetics and Politics in Twentieth-Century China (Stanford, 1997) and Illuminations from the Past: Trauma, Memory, and History in Modern China (Stanford, 2004).
WANG Hui, Ph.D. (1988), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, is Professor at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is author of several works on Chinese intellectual history and issues in contemporary China, including China’s New Order: Society, Politics, and Economy in Transition (Harvard, 2003).
All those interested in intellectual history, literature, aesthetics, or general historical studies of 20th and 21st century China.