China

Philosophy & History

Why China Did Not Have A Renaissance – And Why That Matters

The r/Renaissance is often characterized as a particular epoch in European history and an important element in the traditional narrative of the rise of the West. Thomas Maissen and Barbara Mittler present different approaches to the question whether the European r/Renaissance offers new possibilities to the writing of global history.

Politics & Society

Is China prematurely declaring victory in its reforms?

At the heart of China’s economic take-off during the last four decades is a fragile equilibrium between economic reforms and one-party rule. The communist party has demonstrated pragmatism and adaptability – but just at a time when China seeks to fully enter the knowledge economy and participate in global markets, it has put the brake on further reforms.

Language & Culture

Understanding the Dynamics of China Through Science Fiction

Science fiction literature is booming in China. Far from a trivial genre, Chinese intellectuals increasingly use science fiction to express their dreams and fears. Most of them paint a gloomy picture of China’s future.

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