Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations by Zheng WangNever Forget National Humiliation: Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations by Zheng Wang

Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations

byZheng Wang

Paperback | April 22, 2014

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How could the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) not only survive but even thrive, regaining the support of many Chinese citizens after the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989? Why has popular sentiment turned toward anti-Western nationalism despite the anti-dictatorship democratic movements of the 1980s? And why has China been more assertive toward the United States and Japan in foreign policy but relatively conciliatory toward smaller countries in conflict?

Offering an explanation for these unexpected trends, Zheng Wang follows the Communist government's ideological reeducation of the public, which relentlessly portrays China as the victim of foreign imperialist bullying during "one hundred years of humiliation." By concentrating on the telling and teaching of history in today's China, Wang illuminates the thinking of the young patriots who will lead this rising power in the twenty-first century.

Wang visits China's primary schools and memory sites and reads its history textbooks, arguing that China's rise should not be viewed through a single lens, such as economics or military growth, but from a more comprehensive perspective that takes national identity and domestic discourse into account. Since it is the prime raw material for constructing China's national identity, historical memory is the key to unlocking the inner mystery of the Chinese. From this vantage point, Wang tracks the CCP's use of history education to glorify the party, reestablish its legitimacy, consolidate national identity, and justify one-party rule in the post-Tiananmen and post-Cold War era. The institutionalization of this manipulated historical consciousness now directs political discourse and foreign policy, and Wang demonstrates its important role in China's rise.

Zheng Wang is an associate professor in the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University and a global fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
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Title:Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign RelationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pagesPublished:April 22, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231148917

ISBN - 13:9780231148917

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List of Illustrations and TablesPrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: From Tank Man to China's New Patriots1. Historical Memory, Identity, and Politics2. Chosen Glory, Chosen Trauma3. From All-Under-Heaven to a Nation-State: Humiliation and Nation-Building4. From Victor to Victim: The Patriotic Education Campaign5. From Vanguard to Patriot: Reconstructing the Chinese Communist Party6. From Earthquake to Olympics: New Trauma, New Glory7. Memory, Crises, and Foreign Relations8. Memory, Textbooks, and Sino-Japanese Reconciliation9. Memory, Nationalism, and China's RiseNotesBibliographyIndex

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A timely and well-researched book, Never Forget National Humiliation qualifies as a landmark in the study of Chinese nationalism.