Is Chinese history overrated?

Chinese history overrated?

  • Yes

    Votes: 22 20.6%
  • No

    Votes: 85 79.4%

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Oct 2014
49
Toronto
Although they have had imperial dynastic rule for 2 millennia and was one of the world's largest countries/states for most of history, considering they have never really expanded their influence abroad in terms of colonies like the European powers did and were for the most part militarily unsuccessful the past 500 years after 1500 suffering heavy losses in the Opium Wars, the Taiping revolution, Boxer rebellion, Sino-Japanese war, etc., do you consider Chinese history to be overrated?
 

Tulius

Ad Honorem
May 2016
6,136
Portugal
The only thing that is overrated is the word “overrated” in a forum that wants to talk about history.

With ups and downs China is a growing power, most especially since the end of the last civil war in 1949. So, also in accordance with a post war world trend, it is natural that the Chinese historiography gains some distance from the traditional Eurocentric historiography that ruled the world historiography. The question is if it is beneficial for our knowledge of the past to simply substitute a eurocentrism for a sinocentrism? If they should coexist with together with other centrisms? Or if we should have a world view?
 

Linschoten

Ad Honoris
Aug 2010
16,217
Welsh Marches
China has been the centres of one of the greatest cultures of the world, with an immensely long and continuous history; that is much more important in the long run than the ups and downs of military or economic power! It has been a centre of civilization.
 
Oct 2016
95
3rd planet of the Solar System
It is much more underrated than it is overrated, especially outside East Asia.

Until this day, I still encounter people saying "gems" like China is always an isolated kingdom , or even craps like China only use gunpowder invention for fireworks , i dont even know who started this myth:lol:
 
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Wenge

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Apr 2011
10,429
Virginia
If Chinese history isn't overrated why do they not teach their own citizens their true and complete history?
 

Maki

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Jan 2017
3,762
Republika Srpska
Although they have had imperial dynastic rule for 2 millennia and was one of the world's largest countries/states for most of history, considering they have never really expanded their influence abroad in terms of colonies like the European powers did and were for the most part militarily unsuccessful the past 500 years after 1500 suffering heavy losses in the Opium Wars, the Taiping revolution, Boxer rebellion, Sino-Japanese war, etc., do you consider Chinese history to be overrated?
What do you mean by China not extending its influence abroad? China ruled over many non-Han peoples, it's just that unlike European colonies China ruled over a continuous territory. It's quite similar to Imperial Russia which also ruled over a heterogeneous, but uninterrupting territory.
 

heylouis

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Apr 2013
6,627
China
If Chinese history isn't overrated why do they not teach their own citizens their true and complete history?
not that easy to understand this sentence.

what is chinese history book looking like then? do you studied them ever?
 
Oct 2016
95
3rd planet of the Solar System
If Chinese history isn't overrated why do they not teach their own citizens their true and complete history?
If Chinese history is not underrated then why are there still millions of who blatantly overlooks Chinese culture and history like you ?:lol:
 
Oct 2016
95
3rd planet of the Solar System
militarily unsuccessful the past 500 years after 1500 suffering heavy losses in the Opium Wars, the Taiping revolution, Boxer rebellion, Sino-Japanese war, etc., do you consider Chinese history to be overrated?
all those events you mentioned happens in the 19-20th century.
Chinese history spans alot more than that short 'blip' , it spans from approx 3500 years ago and still continue strongly till this very moment, and during this long time the Chinese civilisation have repeatedly stood up as one of the if not the most advanced civilisation in the world.

The only thing that is 'overrated' is exactly that 19-20th century part of Chinese history, although it is important, but most of westerners now only know China as isolated the backward country of the late Qing, most university libraries in the west only have books about Boxer rebellion, opium war, maozedong blablabla

Almost Nothing about the Han Dynasty which rivals Rome in many aspect, the progressive and advancement made in Tang and Song dynasty, the stability and economic might of the Ming and early-mid Qing. There are alot more to Chinese history and culture than the Japanese invasion, opium war, and all those shits.
 
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Linschoten

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Aug 2010
16,217
Welsh Marches
most university libraries in the west only have books about Boxer rebellion, opium war, blablabla
I suppose that might be true of some minor provincial universities, but that is a really absurd generalization! :zany:
 
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