International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity

The International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity (HCM) is a peer-reviewed journal that offers a forum for interdisciplinary scholarship in the domain of the humanities. The journal stimulates research and a lively academic exchange in the field of the cultural history of modernity worldwide.

The journal conceives ‘modernity’ as a concept, as a problem, and as a period. The concept is rooted historically in the Enlightenment and its alter ego Romanticism. Modernity involves, on the most abstract level, contested ideas like universalism, cosmopolitanism, authenticity, progress, individuality, equality, reason, identity, aesthetics and religion. Modernity as a topical problem entails a critical discussion of its origins, trajectory, variations and perceived decline, from a global perspective. As a period, modernity essentially but not inevitably covers the years between 1750 and the present. Above all, modernity requires a serious practical effort. The ideas and theories that deal with modernity are not free floating intellectual artefacts: they confront real situations and actual dilemmas.

HCM is the only journal focused on modern cultural history that publishes in open access. It guarantees the rapid publication of articles that meet its high standards of academic quality. Drawing its authors and expertise from all over the world, HCM offers a global perspective of our modern culture and its history.

No Author Fees              -              Peer-Reviewed               -                Prepublication

No Author Fees:
All author fees (open-access article processing fees) will be waived for the first six years. HCM operates on the basis of subventions from non-political organisations, including the Dutch Research Council.

HCM works with a double-blind peer-reviewing process.

After the reviewing and editing procedure has been successfully completed, HCM immediately pre-publishes articles in XML.

Vol 2, No 3 (2014)

Table of Contents


Introduction. History, Culture and Modernity in China Abstract  PDF
Gotelind Müller 205-210


The Chinese Path to Modernisation. Discussions of “Culture” and “Morality” in Republican China Abstract  PDF
Tze-ki Hon 211-228
Island of Memories. Postcolonial Historiography and Public Discourse in Contemporary Taiwan Abstract  PDF
Lung-chih Chang 229-244
Dreaming the Chinese Dream. How the People’s Republic of China Moved from Revolutionary Goals to Global Ambitions Abstract  PDF
Stefan R. Landsberger 245-274
How Modern was Chinese Modernity? Exploring Tensions of a Contested Master Narrative Abstract  PDF
Thoralf Klein 275-301

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