Prof. Dr. Edward Wang
Fellow in the project "Conceptions of World Order and Their Social Carrier Groups" (May - July 2023)
Q. Edward Wang, a specialist in Chinese history and global historiography, received his education partly in China and partly in the US. He is now Eminent Professor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey. He is also editor of Chinese Studies in History, a journal that promotes academic exchanges between historical communities in greater China and the rest of the world. Wang's main publications include Historiography: Critical Readings (2021 in 4 volumes); A Global History of Modern Historiography (2008 and 2017); Chopsticks: A Cultural and Culinary History (2015), and Inventing China through History: The May Fourth Approach to Historiography(2001). Some of the above titles have appeared in Chinese, Korean, German, Greek, Japanese, and Russian.
ProjectChanging Perceptions of World Order in Chinese Historiography: Three Phases of Development
This project takes a longue-durée strategy to examine and analyze the modern Chinese conception of the world from the middle of the 19th century to the present. This perception has changed significantly over the course of the period, which is reflected in the ups and downs of world/global history as a subfield of history. Foreign histories are commonly referred to as "world history" in the Chinese historical community; the term's invention in the 19th century was a sign of a shifting worldview. The term "world history" is increasingly being replaced by the term "global history" as the 20th century comes to a close, which suggests yet another significant shift in how the Chinese leadership and historians view the world.