Twenty years after a return from fundamentalism to ecomic reality, China has become the world's tenth largest ecomy and an increasingly important global power. Despite the rise of fundamentalism and post modernism, the pursuit of modernity was an ongoing historical movement in late twentieth century China. He Ping focuses on China's quest for and experience of modernity. Implicitly comparative, the author discusses broad aspects of both Chinese and Western civilizations, including their scientific traditions and socio-ecomic structures, with reference to modernization. He seeks to enhance our understanding of the cultural changes behind China's phemenal rise and provides a fresh case study for the global cultural discourse.
HE PING is Professor of History at Sichuan University, China. Among his writings are The Glory of Empire: Tracing Ancient Roman Civilization and Afghanistan: The Intermixing and Clash of Civilizations.