The High-end Forum "New Starting Point and Frontier Topics of World History Research" was successfully held


On September 28, 2019, the high-end New Starting Point and Frontier Topics of World History Research hosted by the Center for World Modern History Research of Nankai University, a base of the Ministry of Education, and co-organized by the Japanese Research Institute of Nankai University and the American Research Center of Nankai University, was held at Nankai University.

The first half of the forum was presided over by Professor Han Qi, Deputy Director of the Center for World Modern History Research of Nankai University. Professor Li Jianming of Fudan University, Professor Wang Xiaode of Fujian Normal University, and Professor Wang Lixin of Peking University gave reports respectively.

Professor Li Jianming’s report revolved around the latest trends in American history research. He emphasized the important position of political culture research in current American history research, and introduced the influence of the introduction of other disciplines in American history research on research, such as political science. 

Introduction and the rise of new social history. 

Professor Li Jianming also introduced the research methods of political culture history. The first is to define the role of political culture in politics. Political culture is an independent variable in it; secondly, there are two aspects in methodology. The first aspect is that political culture is 

What, what is the impact on the structure of political development, and the inheritance of political culture; the second level emphasizes irrational emotions, and political culture places more emphasis on people's psychological needs.

Professor Wang Xiaode first introduced the current situation of Latin American historiography. The Latin American craze has risen in China, but Latin American historiography has not received much attention. Researchers have turned to current research. This situation is very worrying. 

Therefore, he emphasized that studying Latin America should proceed from history. 

Professor Wang then shared his academic history, starting to study Latin American history, and later turned to American history research, and finally returned to Latin American history. It started with Latin American history and ended with Latin American history. It can be described as a good start and a good end. 

On the subject, Professor Wang Xiaode gave two examples, How did Europeans view America after Columbus discovered the New World and The construction of the image of America in Europe during the Enlightenment and gave a concise explanation. 

Professor Wang Xiaode said that there is still a lot of room for the study of Latin American history and talents are needed to enrich the research team. He also raised expectations to the young masters and doctoral students present to expand their knowledge and learn more languages when they are young.

Professor Wang Lixin gave a report on Enlightenment Significance of Foreign History Studies. 

First of all, why is the study of foreign history? 

Professor Wang pointed out that since the late Qing Dynasty, the purpose of foreign history research has gone through the process of knowing the foreigners, teaching the foreigners and controlling the foreigners. These are mainly to serve the national strategic needs, but the purpose of foreign history research is not only 

This is so, nowadays it still bears a more important enlightenment significance. 

In the 20th century, China experienced two enlightenment movements, but they all ended in failure, and a third enlightenment may be needed in the future. 

Professor Wang compared the difference between European and Chinese enlightenment. European enlightenment is a process of discovering people, while Chinese enlightenment needs to discover the world and then discover people. Now China needs to abandon cultural arrogance and eliminate cultural prejudice. 

The study of foreign history bears this enlightenment significance.

The second half of the forum was hosted by Professor Zhao Xuegong, the former director of the American Studies Center of Nankai University. Researcher Yang Bojiang from the Institute of Japanese Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Professor Han Dongyu from Northeast Normal University, and Professor Yang Dongliang from Nankai University gave keynote speeches.

Researcher Yang Bojiang from the Institute of Japanese Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences gave a report on How to learn from other disciplines such as history to enrich the study of international relations, and proposed that traditional international relations start from the Westphalian system. 

Ignoring the relationship between the previous or other countries and regions, we need to have more in-depth research on this, so we need to learn from other disciplines.

Professor Han Dongyu from Northeast Normal University introduced some of the research on Japanese history in China and the existing problems, mainly translating mostly, and half-imagining Japan based on Chinese historical materials, which is not good for a correct understanding of Japan. 

The former is the history of Japan without China, and the latter is the history of Japan without Japan. It is necessary to establish a study of Japanese history from a broad perspective.

Professor Yang Dongliang from Nankai University introduced the general situation of Nankai’s Japanese history research since the founding of the People’s Republic of China 70 years ago. He described the development process of the Japanese Research Institute in terms of scientific research management system, resource mobilization and application innovation, and talent training innovation, and emphasized the development of Nankai Japanese researchers. 

Dedication and innovation are the main lines of the development of Nankai Japanese Research.