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The Global View of History in China

By Liu Xincheng, forthcoming in Journal of World History


This is an attempt to trace and contextualize Chinese scholars’ response – either positive or negative – to the “West-imported” concept of “global view of history” after its emergence in China more than two decades ago. Meanwhile, it introduces how world historians in China are consciously employing this “global view of history” to compile their own world history textbooks, a practice that has give rise to a serious concern about world history methodologies.

Keywords: global view of history, mainland China, world historians