Marc Andre Matten (Ph.D. 2007, University of Bonn, Germany) is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Chinese History at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. He has published extensively on the issues of Chinese nationalism and national identity, including The Borders of Being Chinese – On the Creation of National Identity in 20th century China (German, Harrassowitz, 2009).
All those interested in the modern history of China, the issues of cultural memory and national identity in a transforming China, the significance of historical and national consciousness in Chinese society.
"The concept of the politically charged 'site of memory' inspires college courses and academic conferences, but this is the first volume to focus entirely on the phenomenon in China."
Shana J. Brown, University of Hawai'i, Manoa, Journal of Asian Studies Vol. 72 Number 1 (Feb. 2013)
“Places of Memory in Modern China exemplifies the methodological flexibility offered by memory theory. For these reasons, I enthusiastically recommend the volume for scholars in Chinese studies, historians of 'modern' China, and students of collective memory more generally.”
Todd M. Goehle, Frontiers of History in China Vol. 8 Issue 3
Table of contents
1. History, Memory, and Identity in Modern China
Marc Andre Matten
Leaders and Their Legacy
2. Qin Shihuang’s Terracotta Warriors – Commemorating the Cultural State
David J. Davies
3. The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei: A Contested Place of Memory
Marc Andre Matten
4. A Place Where Great Men Rest? The Chairman Mao Memorial Hall
The Ubiquitous Past—Present and Lost
5. A Rock, a Text, and a Tablet: Making the Song Emperor’s Terrace a Lieu de Mémoire
6. China Resists: Humen as a Site of Memory
7. The Ruins of Yuanmingyuan: Or, How to Enjoy a National Wound
8. Yan’an as a Site of Memory in Socialist and Postsocialist China