China’s Search for Modernity

Cultural Discourse in the Late 20th Century

  • He Ping

Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. He Ping
      Pages 1-21
  3. The Inquiry into History

  4. The Examination of Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
  5. Culture and Modernization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. He Ping
      Pages 154-167
    3. He Ping
      Pages 168-172
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 173-228

About this book


Twenty years after a return from fundamentalism to economic reality, China has become the world's tenth largest economy and an increasingly important global power. Despite the rise of fundamentalism and post-modernism, the pursuit of modernity was an ongoing historical movement in late twentieth century China. He Ping focuses on China's quest for and experience of modernity. Implicitly comparative, the author discusses broad aspects of both Chinese and western civilizations, including their scientific traditions and socio-economic structures, with reference to modernization. He seeks to enhance our understanding of the cultural changes behind China's phenomenal rise and provides a fresh case study for the global cultural discourse.


bibliography China culture economy Tradition

Authors and affiliations

  • He Ping
    • 1
  1. 1.Sichuan UniversityChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-43003-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-28856-0
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