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Republican BeijingThe City and Its Histories$
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Madeleine YueDong and Reginald E. Zelnik

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230507

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230507.001.0001

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History: Recording Old Beijing

History: Recording Old Beijing

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(p.246) Chapter 8 History: Recording Old Beijing
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Republican Beijing
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Madeleine Yue Dong

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230507.003.0009

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

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