Prof. Dr. Axel Schneider

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"
Ulrich-Schalk-Str. 3a
91056 Erlangen

Home Institution: Department of East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen (Germany)

IKGF Visiting Fellow February 2013 - August 2013

(Last change of profile by end of stay)

IKGF Research Project:

Modern Chinese Critique of Progressivism

Curriculum Vitae

Having trained in Sinology, Japanology, Politics, History and East Asian Politics at Erlangen University, National Taiwan Cheng-chi University and Bochum University (1982-1994), Prof. Schneider graduated with a dissertation on modern Chinese historiography focussing on the interplay between scholarship, politics and philosophy. Since hismy appointment to full professor of Modern China Studies at Leiden University in 2000, hI has been working on modern Chinese conservatives' philosophy of history and culture, especially on their critique of progressivism. A monograph on this is due to be completed by early 2014. In 2009, he accepted an offer from Göttingen University to help to create a new centre for Modern China Studies (Moderne Sinologie) there

Selected Publications


  • "Between Dao and History: Two Chinese Historians in Search of a Modern Identity for China", in Chinese Historiography In Comparative Perspective, History and Theory, Theme Issue (October 1996), 54-73.
  • "Reconciling history with the nation? - Historicity, national particularity, and the question of universals", in Asian Nationalism in an Age of Globalization, Ed. Roy Starrs (Curzon, 2001), 223- 233; reprinted in Historiography East and West vol.1 no. 1 (March 2003), 117-136. Chinese version: 調合歷史與民族? - 歷史性、民族個别性以及普遍性問題, in 真理與歷史:傅斯年、 陳寅恪的史學思想與民族認同 (Beijing: Social Sciences Documentation Publishing House, 2008), 228-237.
  • "Bridging the Gap: Attempts at Constructing a 'New' Historical-Cultural Identity in the PRC", in East Asian History vol. 22 (December 2001), 129-144.
  • 世界歷史與歷史相對主義的問題- 1919年以后梁啟超的史學, in 真理與歷史:傅斯年、陳 寅恪的史學思想與民族認同(Beijing: Social Sciences Documentation Publishing House, 2008), 238-259.
  • 調合歷史與民族? –歷史性、民族個别性以及普遍性問題, in 真理與歷史:傅斯年、陳寅恪 的史學思想與民族認同(Beijing: Social Sciences Documentation Publishing House, 2008), 228- 237.
  • 民族、歷史與倫理:中國史學后帝國時代的選擇, in 新史學 19:2 (Taibei, June 2008), 47-83
  • Chinese and Japanese historiography, in Oxford History of Historical Writing Vol. 4 (together with Stefan Tanaka) ed. by Daniel Woolf and Stuart MacIntyre (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 491-519.
  • "Nation, History and Ethics: The choices of post-imperial Chinese Historiography", in Transforming History: The Making of a Modern Academic Discipline in Twentieth-Century China, ed. by Brian Moloughney and Peter Zarrow (Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2012), 271-302.
  • "Temporal hierarchies and moral leadership - China′s engagement with modern views of history", in Chris Lorenz and Berber Bevernage (eds.), Breaking up Time. Settling the Borders between the Present, the Past and the Future (Göttingen: Vandenhoek), accepted for publication.


  • Axel Schneider, Gunter Schubert (ed.), Taiwan an der Schwelle zum 21. Jahrhundert – Probleme und Perspektiven eines asiatischen Schwellenlandes[Taiwan on the Doorstep to the 21st Century. Problems and Perspectives of an Asian NIC] (Hamburg, Institut für Asienkunde), 1996.
  • Axel Schneider, Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik (ed.), Chinese Historiography in Comparative Perspective, History and Theory, Theme Issue, October 1996.
  • Editor of the Leiden Series in Comparative Historiography.
  • Editor of Vol. 5 of the new Oxford History of Historical Writing together with Professor Daniel Woolf, University of Alberta, Canada (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2011).


  • Wahrheit und Geschichte: Zwei chinesische Historiker auf der Suche nach einer modernen Identität für China [Truth and History: Two Chinese Historians in Search of a Modern Identity for China] (Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz), 1997 (reviewed in China Review International Vol. 6, No. 2, Fall 1999, 522-526, in China Review International Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 2000, 216-221, and in Neue Politische Literatur, Jg. 46 (2001), 129). Chinese version: 真理與歷史:傅斯年、陳寅恪的史學 思想與民族認同(Beijing: Social Sciences Documentation Publishing House), 2008.