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This introductory chapter gives an overview of concepts of subsequent chapters covered in the book on "The Challenge of Linear Time". The papers collected in this volume congeal around a debate about the ways and extent of the dominance of linear time and progressive history and the concomitant delineation of the nation in Chinese and Japanese historiography. Naoki Sakai opens the first section by examining the historical writing of Ienaga Saburō and Maruyama Masao, intellectuals who became famous in post-war Japan. Zhang Taiyan countered this idea of progress by developing a theory of evolution that combined concepts from Daoism, The Book of Changes, and modern biology. "The Burden of the Past and the Hope for a Better Future", Takahiro Nakajima's essay also focuses on the work of Takeuchi Yoshimi during the post-war period but brings out both his concept of morality and his eschatological view of time.

Keywords: Chinese historiography; Naoki Sakai; post-war Japan; Zhang Taiyan



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