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Nanjing Massacre research increasingly systematic

| 2017-09-28
(Chinese Social Sciences Today)

At a recent international seminar, experts and scholars analyzed trends in research on the Nanjing Massacre. Wang Jianlang, director of the Institute of Modern History at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said research once focused on collection and exhibition of historical materials, but it has become increasingly systematic. In addition to verifying accounts of the atrocities and the number of victims, that research in this area now focuses on the reasons and repercussions as well as strategic, psychological and social factors involved, Wang said. Zhang Sheng, director of the School of History at Nanjing University, pointed out three major trends in recent years. Exchanges between the East and the West have increased. An interdisciplinary approach has been adopted, producing insightful results that offer different perspectives. There has been more communication between laymen and professional historians, Zhang added.