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New book on the History of Northeast China

Dec 20, 2013

"Entangled Histories. The Transcultural Past of Northeast China" is the title of a new book edited by Prof. Dan Ben-Canaan, Dr. Frank Grüner, and Dr. Ines Prodöhl. It is part of the Cluster's book series "Transcultural Research - Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context".

The articles in this volume focus on transcultural entanglements in Manchuria during the first half of the twentieth century. Manchuria, as Western historiography commonly designates the three northeastern provinces of China, was a politically, culturally and economically contested region. In the late nineteenth century, the region became the centre of competing Russian, Chinese and Japanese interests, thereby also attracting global attention. The coexistence of people with different nationalities, ethnicities and cultures in Manchuria was rarely if ever harmoniously balanced or static. The transcultural negotiations between all population groups across borders of all kinds are the subject of this book. The chapters of this volume shed light on various entangled histories in areas such as administration, the economy, ideas, ideologies, culture, media and daily life.

The book "Entangled Histories. The Transcultural Past of Northeast China" - 238 pages - was published in November 2013 by the science publishing company Springer.

It is part of the Cluster’s book series "Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context". The series presents peer-reviewed books by members of the Cluster as well as scholars from both historical and empirical disciplines who are working on new emerging fields that cross existing disciplinary boundaries.

Prof. Dan Ben-Canaan is member of the School of Western Studies and director of the Sino-Israel Research and Study Center at Heilongjiang University in Harbin, China. Dr. Frank Grüner coordinates research project MC11.2 "Melancholy" and is currently interim professor of Cultural Economic History at the Cluster "Asia and Europe", Heidelberg University. Dr. Ines Prodöhl is research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, USA.


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