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Title: La representació occidental de la Xina moderna: orientalisme, culturalisme i crítica historiogràfica
Other Titles: La representación occidental de la China moderna: orientalismo, culturalismo y crítica historiográfica
The Western representation of modern China: orientalism, culturalism and historiographical criticism
Author: Martínez Robles, David
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Keywords: China
Issue Date: 28-May-2008
Publisher: Digithum: a relational perspective on culture and society
Citation: Martínez-Robles, D. (2008). La representació occidental de la Xina moderna: orientalisme, culturalisme i crítica historiogràfica. Digithum: a relational perspective on culture and society, (10), 7-16. doi: 10.7238/d.v0i10.511
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Abstract: The West's perception of China as a historical entity has evolved over the centuries. China has gone from a country of miracles and marvels in the medieval world and a refined and erudite culture in early modern Europe, to become a nation without history or progress since the Enlightenment of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The first historians of China were, in fact, representatives of the great Western empires at the end of the 19th century and their work perceives China from epistemological positions that clearly form part of the Orientalist and colonial thought that was characteristic of the period. History written throughout the 20th century, despite the efforts made to overcome the prejudices of the past, was unable to distance itself completely from some of the resources used in representation or the stereotypes that the Western world had come to accept about China and East Asia since the Enlightenment. Only in recent decades has a critical historiography appeared to denounce the problems inherent in the discourse produced on China, and even this has failed to address them fully.
Language: Catalan
ISSN: 1575-2275MIAR
Appears in Collections:2008, núm. 10
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