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Series Reflecting on Contemporary Intellectual Trends and Schools of Thought in Historiography:
Post-modernism in Historical Science
Editor´s Notes: The constant emergence of new intellectual movements and schools ofthought in contemporary historical studies is the result of both the conscious endeavors of researchers from different countries and regions and the efforts of international teams engaged inacademic cooperation. New trends in historiography have been continuously introduced since the1990s; however, the picture remains unclear. The reason may be the lack of dialogue, debatesand interactions, leading to a situation in which people are talking to themselves. If these newideas cannot be internalized into academic consciousness in the course of historical research, theirinfluence will gradually die out. Taking advantage of the fact that these trends and schools,despite having a certain experience and a basis in empirical research, are still growing, and bearing in mind the paucity of academic reflection in Chinese historical circles, we have organizedscholars in the relevant fields to cut across the various streams and generations and review themwith a focus on reflection, with the aim of encouraging Chinese historians to look forward andback so that Chinese innovation in historical knowledge can merge into the whole body of humanknowledge. In this third series, on the theme of "Post-modernism in Historical Science", severalexperts have been invited to offer their views. We hope this will help academic circles gain acorrect understanding of the influence of post-modernism on current historical studies, and giveChinese scholars greater powers of discernment in correctly grasping current trends in Chinesehistoriography.......