Department of History

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Prof Prasenjit Duara

Raffles Professor of Humanities
Director of Asia Research Institute
Director of Research, Humanities & Social Sciences
Office of Deputy President (Research & Technology)
B.A. (Delhi University); M.A.(Delhi University); Ph.D. (Harvard University)
Tel: (65) 6516 6012
ODPRT office: Lee Kong Chian Wing, UHL#05-02L
History office: AS1 05 - 13


Survey of East Asian Civilizations
Frontiers in Modern East Asia
Berlin and Hong Kong in the Cold War
Chinese Overseas
Civilization and Popular Culture in China
History and Literature in 20th Century China
Narratives of Empire and Nation in East Asia


2009 “The Nationalization of Ethnology: History and Anthropology in Inter-war East Asia” in Andrew Willford and Eric Tagliacozzo eds, History and Anthropology U of Cal Press, Berkeley

2009 The Global and Regional in China's Nation Formation Routledge, London, Forthcoming February

2009 “Modern Imperialism” Oxford History Handbooks World History , Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford UK

2009 “Hong Kong and the New Imperialism in East Asia 1941-1966” in David Goodman and Bryna Goodman eds, Colonialism and Chinese Localities Routledge, London. Chinese trans. also forthcoming.

2009 “Commentary on Jonathan Ocko and David Gilmartin, "State, Sovereignty, and the People: A Comparison of the 'Rule of Law' in China and India." Journal of Asian Studies 2009.

2008 “The Global and Regional Constitution of Nations: The View from East Asia” Nations and Nationalism , Vol 14, part 2, April. 323-346.

2008 “Historical Consciousness and National Identity” in Kam Louie ed “ The Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture ” Cambridge, Cambridge UP.

2008 “Historical Narratives and Trans-nationalism in East Asia” in Steffi R ichter, (ed.). Conflicted Present, Contested Pasts: Historical Revisionism in East Asia Campus (Frankfurt/M., Germany, and NY)

2008 “ History and Globalization in China's Long Twentieth Century” Dialogues Among Chinese and Western Scholars, I: Rethinking the Nature of the Chinese State in Modern China . 34.1, Jan, 152-164.

2008 “ Visions of History, Trajectories of Power: China and India since De-colonization” in Anthony Reid and Yangwen Zheng eds, Negotiating Asymmetry Singapore, NUS Press. Forthcoming

2008 “Religion and Citizenship Among Chinese” in Mayfair Mei-hui Yang ed, Chinese Religiosities: Disjunctures of Modernity and Nation-State Formation Berkeley, U California Press. Forthcoming.

2007 “The Imperialism of “Free Nations”: Japan, Manchukuo and the History of the Present” in Ann Stoler, Carole McGranahan and Peter Perdue eds. Imperial Formations and their Discontents School of American Research Press, Santa Fe.

2007 ““To think like an empire”: An essay based on Frederick Cooper's Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History” History and Theory 46.2

2006 Chugoku ni okeru Guroburizeshon no rekishi (Histories of Globalization in China, trans Nishiyama Kyoko) in Mark Caprio, ed., Kindai Higashi Ajia to Guroburizeshon ( Globalization and Modern East Asia ) Akashi shoten.

2006 “ Manshu ni okeru minzoku to minzokugaku ” (Ethnos and Ethnology in Manchukuo, trans. Uchida Jun) in Narita Ryuichi et al, ed. Shihai to Boryoku Ajia Taihei Senso (vol. 7 on Domination and Violence in the series, Asia Pacific War ) Iwanami Shoten

2006 “East Asian Nationalism” History Compass 4 (Blackwell Publisher's online pub) pp1-21.

2006 “The New Imperialism and the Post-Colonial Developmental State: Manchukuo in Comparative Perspective” Japan Focus (online journal) Jan 30.

2005 “Nationalism, Imperialism, Federalism and the Case of Manchukuo: A Response to Anthony Pagden” Common Knowledge 12.1 (Winter 2006), pub. Dec 2005 47-65.

2005 “ Between Empire and Nation: Settler Colonialism in Manchukuo” in Caroline Elkins and Susan Pederson eds., Settler Colonialism in the Twentieth Century: Projects, Practices, Legacies Routledge

2005 “Decolonization” Encyclopedia of Globalization

2004 “Nation state” Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History Berkshire Pub, Great Barrington, MA.

2004 Korean Translation of Rescuing History from the Nation Sammin

2004 Japanese Translation “ The Global Knowledge of Civilization” in Co-generating Public Knowledge in East Asia: Past, Present and Future ( Japanese) Tokyo Univ. Press.

2003 Chinese Translation of Rescuing History from the Nation Wenxian chubanshe

2003 Decolonization: Perspectives from Now and Then (edited volume) Routledge

2003 Sovereignty and Authenticity: Manchukuo and the East Asian Modern , Rowman&Littlefield; pap2004.

2003 “Nationalism and Transnationalism in the Globalization of China” China Report 39.1

2003 “Journey to the East by the West” in Jackie Assayag and Veronique Beneii eds. At Home in Diaspora: South Asian Scholars and the West Permanent Black, Delhi.

2002 “Transnationalism and the Challenge to National Histories” in Thomas Bender ed, Rethinking American History in a Global Age Berkeley and Los Angeles: U California Press.

2002 Foreword, “Sovereignty and Citizenship in a Decentered China”, in S. Blum and L. Jensen eds, China Off Center , Hawaii UP

2002 “Civilizations and Nations in a Globalizing World” in Dominic Sachsenmeier, Jens Reidel, Shmuel Eisenstadt, ed. Reflections on Multiple Modernities Brill Academic Publishers

2002 “Postcolonial History” Sarah Maza and L Kramer eds, Companion to Historical Thought (Blackwell)

2001 “Historians between the Past and Future of Nations” Ler Historia , Lisbon

2001 Interviews in Chinese: “ Wenhua, quanli yu minzu-guojia: Du Zanqi jiaoshou fanglu ji ” (Culture Power and the Nation State: Interview with Prof.Prasenjit Duara) 2000; n.6 Xuehai Jiangsu Province Social Science Institute; “ Wo dui Zhongguo lishishehui de xingqu zhi genyuan ” (The Background of my Interest in Chinese Historical Studies) Zhonghua Dushubao 12/20/2000 (Beijing); also 10/2000 interview in Chinese Academy of Social Science (Beijing)

2001 “The Discourse of Civilization and Pan-Asianism” Journal of World History 12, 1 (Spring)

2000 “Local Worlds: The Politics and Poetics of Native Place” South Atlantic Quarterly

2000 "Of Authenticity and Woman: Personal Narratives of Middle Class Women in Modern China" Wen-hsin Yeh ed. Becoming Chinese: Passages to Modernity and Beyond Berkeley: Univ. of Cal Press

2000 Japanese translation of Rescuing History from the Nation Forthcoming (Misuzu Shobo)

1999 Spanish translation of "De-constructing the Chinese Nation", in Jonathan Unger ed. Chinese Nationalism as El nacionalismo chino (Barcelona: Bellaterra Publishers, 1999

1999 “ Chihō to iu sekai ” (Local Worlds) in Yamamoto Eishi ed, Dentō Chūgoku no chiikizō (Images of the region in Imperial China) Trans. Yamamoto Eishi and Sato Yoshifumi Tokyo: Keiō Gijuku: 327-372.

1999 “Transnationalism in the Era of Nation-states, China 1900-1945" in Birgit Meyer and Peter Geschiere eds. Globalization and Identity: Dialectics of Flow and Closure (Blackwell) Reprinted with changes in Development and Change 29.4 1998.

1998 “Opening Remarks: Empire in the Age of Nationalism” in Harald Fuess ed. The Japanese Empire and its Legacy in East Asia . (German Institute of Japanese Studies)

1998 “The Regime of Authenticity: Timelessness, Gender and National History in Modern China” History and Theory (October, 37)

1998 "Why is History anti-theoretical?" Modern China (April 24.2).

1997 "Transnationalism and the Predicament of Sovereignty:China, 1900-1945" Am Historical Review Oct.

1997 " Manshukoku ni okeru bunmei, shokuminshugi, kokuminsei " (Civilization, colonialism and citizenship in Manzhouguo) Chugoku Kenkyu Geppo 51.3 (589): 41-46. (Trans. into Japanese by Yamamoto Eishi)

1997 "Nationalists among Transnationals: Overseas Chinese and the Idea of China" in Aihwa Ong and Donald Nonnini ed. Crossing the Edges of Empires:Culture, Capitalism and Identities in the Asia-Pacific . Routledge

1996 "Historicizing National Identity, or Who Imagines What and When" in Geoff Eley and Ronald G. Suny ed. Becoming National-- A Reader Oxford University Press. pp 151-178

1995 Rescuing History from the Nation: Questioning Narratives of Modern China U. of Chicago Press.

1994 " Zhongyang he difang: Liansheng zizhi yundong " (Center and locality: The Federalist Movement in China) Ershiyi shiji (21st Century), Hong Kong.

1993 "The Displacement of Tension to the Tension of Dis­placement: Is Imperialism still a useful category?" Radical History Review 57.

1993 "Bifurcating Linear Histories: Nation and Histories in China and India" Positions : 1.3.

1993 "State, Civil Society and the History of Chinese Moder­nity" in Frederic Wakeman ed. China's Quest for Modernization: A Historical Approach . (In English and Chinese).

1993 "De-constructing the Chinese Nation" in The Austra­lian Journal of Chinese Affairs 30. Reprinted in 1996 in Jonathan Unger ed. Chinese Nationalism M.E.Sharpe. pp 31-55.

1993 Chinese Translation of Culture, Power and the State by Wang Fuming, Jiangsu Peoples Press . Second publication, 2005.

1993 "Provincial Narratives of the Nation: Centralism and Federalism in Republican China" in Harumi Befu ed., Cultural Nationalism in East Asia Berkeley: Institute for East Asian Studies Pubs.

1991 "The New Politics of Hinduism" The Wilson Quarterly Summer

1991 "Knowledge and Power in the Discourse of Modernity: The Campaigns against Popular Religion in Early 20th Century China" Journal of Asian Studies . Feb.

1991 "State‑involution in Comparative Perspective" in Jan Breman ed., Rural Transformation in Asia Oxford Univer­sity Press

1990 "Modernity and its Critics in India and China" Proceedings of the Conference on Modernization in China Academica Sinica, Taipei.

1990 "Elites and the Structure of Authority in North China" in Joseph Esherick and Mary Rankin ed. Local Elites and Patterns of Dominance in China Univ.of California Press

1988 Culture, Power and the State: Rural Society in North China, 1900 ‑ 1942 Stanford; paper 1991.

1988 "Superscribing Symbols: The Myth of Guandi, Chinese God of War" Jrnl of Asian Studies

1987 State‑involution: Local Finances in North China 1911‑1935. Comparative Studies in Society and History 29, no.1

1974 The Great Leap Forward in China: An Analysis of the Nature of Socialist Transformation. Economic and Political Weekly (Bombay) Special Issue, August.

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