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Speaking to History: The Story of King Goujian in Twentieth-Century China

Paul Cohen


The ancient story of King Goujian, a psychologically complex fifth-century bce monarch, spoke powerfully to the Chinese during China's turbulent twentieth century. Yet most Americans — even students and specialists of this era — have never heard of Goujian. This book opens this previously missing (to the West) chapter of China's recent history. It connects the story to each of the major traumas of the last century, tracing its versatility as a source of inspiration and hope and elegantly exploring, on a more general level, why such stories often remain sealed up within a culture, unknown to ou ... More

Keywords: King Goujian, China, culture, Chinese, story, reality, history, twentieth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520255791
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520255791.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Cohen, author