Peter C. Perdue

Peter C. Perdue is a professor of history at Yale.

A Singular Entity: Classical China

Peter C. Perdue, 20 May 2021

Inthe 1950s, Western scholars and Chinese émigrés were writing extensively on the classical tradition in China, but historians in the People’s Republic were constrained by a Marxist framework that sorted the major thinkers of the past into ‘materialists’ (good) and ‘idealists’ (bad). This impasse lasted until Mao’s death in 1976, but...

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