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03.07.2012 18:57

'Sectarian Violence' in China's Past and Present

Beware of history viewed through a cross-cultural lens, as a new book on the Taiping Civil War does 
By Nailene Chou Wiest

Tired of the hoary, "All history is contemporary history?" The inescapable fact is that historians writing for the general public are beholden to fashion their work with a contemporary feel. It has to reflect the modish trend of interpreting the past, making reference to hot topics in the news and employing a vocabulary of the mainstream media, lest the work is ridiculed as a musty museum piece.

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