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History: Recording Old Beijing

Madeleine Yue Dong

in Republican Beijing

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520230507
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927636 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230507.003.0009
History: Recording Old Beijing

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This chapter explores the motivations and meanings of this intense urge to record and represent the history of Old Beijing. The scholars of Old Beijing focused their efforts on the parts of the city's history that the state worked to dismantle and the new intellectuals deemed backward, and their encyclopedic catalogues became useful to later generations in their new efforts to reinvent traditions by using political or commercial forces. However, the scholars' format of representation erased specificities, thus creating a false binary between the modern and the traditional.

Keywords: history; Old Beijing; encyclopedic catalogues; tradition; political forces; commercial forces; format of representation

Chapter.  8672 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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