Northeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

3 - Historians Reconsider the Power Dynamics of North and South China: The Influence of the War of Resistance on Historical Thought

Saturday, July 7
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Gulmohar, First Floor

In the 1930s and 1940s, the War of Resistance Against Japan dominated Chinese society and thought. During this time, historians paid more and more attention to traditional discussions of power dynamics between North and South China. Famous historians such as Qian Mu and Meng Wentong reconsidered the importance of war horses and other factors often attributed to the stronger south, but these writings also repeatedly relied upon the classical dichotomy of Chinese and Barbarian (Yi-xiazhibian). The context of the war played an important role in these historians’ writings on ancient China, as they expanded upon traditional historical issues through consideration of China’s wartime reality, its historical relationship with neighboring countries, and its geographic position as an Asian nation.

Qinghe Cui

Fudan University, China

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