Documentary, World History, and National Power in the PRC : Global Rise in Chinese Eyes.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on DemandChinese Worlds: Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2013Copyright date: ©2013Description: 1 online resource (265 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781135089139Subject(s): Documentary television programs -- China -- History and criticism | Historical television programs -- China -- History and criticism | History on television | Television and history -- ChinaGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Documentary, World History, and National Power in the PRC : Global Rise in Chinese EyesDDC classification: 070.195 LOC classification: PN1992.8.D6 -- M86 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- 1 Introduction -- Issues and contexts -- 'Global rise', national power, and 'world history': motivations and lessons -- Television, the history market, and documentary in present-day China -- Notes -- 2 Foreign models for the public: the TV documentary Daguo jueqi (The Rise of the Great Powers) -- From 'study session' to TV: the 'Great Powers' hype -- Portrayal of the 'successful' countries in 'world history' -- Assessments and implications -- Notes -- 3 China's potential on display: the sequel documentary Fuxing zhi lu (The Road to Revival) -- TV, national politics, and the standardisation of history -- The historical portrayal of modern China -- 'Screening' China's 'revival' -- Notes -- 4 Soviet failure lessons for insiders: the party-educational documentary Ju an si wei (Alert to Danger while Dwelling in Safety) -- Documenting failure -- Historical portrayal of the Soviet Union -- Learning from others' disasters: research, communist anxieties, and cadre education -- Notes -- 5 Framing visions of China and the world: the state, documentary, and history in comparative perspective -- History on screen: Chinese uses and global challenges -- Memory culture, functions of history in society, and the power of images -- Framing by format: the documentary genre -- Historical documentaries and their discursive strategies -- National Self and Others' history in a 'globally rising' China -- In lieu of conclusion: the 'added value' of studying historical documentaries in China -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Documentaries have recently become a favourite format for Chinese state-directed media to present an officially sanctioned view of history. Indeed, this is not confined to Chinese national history. In stark contrast to the earlier self-centred preoccupation with Chinese history, there has been an upsurge in interest in foreign history, with a view to illuminating China's role not only in world history, but also on the global stage today, and in the future. This book examines three recent Chinese documentary television series which present the officially sanctioned view of the rise of the modern West, the reasons for the end of the Soviet Union, and the legitimisation of the present-day Chinese government via a specific reading of modern Chinese history to argue for a 'Chinese rise' in the future. With a focus on these documentaries, Gotelind Müller discusses how history is presented on screen, and explores the function of visual history for memory culture and wider society. Further, this book reveals how the presentation of Chinese and foreign history in a global framework impacts on the officially transmitted views on Self and Other, and thus provides a keen insight into how the Chinese themselves regard their 'global rise'. Documentary, World History, and National Power in the PRC will be welcomed by students and scholars working across a number of fields, including Chinese studies, East Asian studies, media studies, television studies, history and memory studies.
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CHOICE ReviewMuller capitalizes on the recent Chinese interest in foreign history and how China's own global rise aligns with that interest. She captures the essence of this movement by carefully analyzing three recent Chinese documentary television series: Daguo jueqi (The Rise of the Great Powers), Fuxing zhi lu (The Road to Revival), and Ju an si wei (Alert to Danger while Dwelling in Safety). Nearly one half of the book deals with Daguo jueqi: the author takes nine historical powers (Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, the UK, France, Germany, Japan, Russia/Soviet Union, and the US) and shows how the documentary traces their histories, while inferring or pointing out potential applications to and implications for China. Muller's examination of the series is thorough, including detailed textual analysis, coupled with much secondary literature, from both academic and journalistic sources. Particularly instructive is the final chapter, in which the author offers a theoretical discussion of how history is presented on screen, whether in historical films, documentaries, or docudramas. The content and organization are excellent, but the book is marred at times by long-windedness and awkward writing. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. J. A. Lent independent scholar
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Gotelind Müller is Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.