A Popular History Reader, Implementing the Spirit of Comrade Jiang Zemin’s Instructions

Main Link: Jiang Zemin writes Foreword, Emphasizes Learning from Chinese Naton’s Development History (Xinhua article’s headline)

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Xinhua, July 30, 2012 — To implement the spirit of Comrade Jiang Zemin’s instructions to attach importance to learning Chinese history, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has arranged the publication of a “Concise Chinese History Reader”, written by history scholars and experts, and published recently. Jiang Zemin wrote a foreword for “A Concise Chinese History Reader”, titled “Pay High Attention to Learning the Chinese Nation’s History of Development”. In his foreword, Jiang Zemin pointed out that we need to record our country’s and our nation’s history better, that we must conscientiously summarize and carry on with the successful experience of reform and opening and the building of socialist modernization, and also emphasize and draw on historical experience, scientifically grasp and correctly make use of historical patterns, correctly learn from the experiences of historic dynasties’ rises and falls.

新华网北京7月30日电  为落实江泽民同志关于重视学习中国历史的指示精神,中国社会科学院组织史学界专家学者编写的《简明中国历史读本》近日出版。江泽民为《简明中国历史读本》撰写了题为“高度重视学习中华民族发展史”的序言。江泽民在序言中指出,要使我们的国家、我们的民族发展得更好,我们必须认真总结和发扬改革开放和社会主义现代化建设的成功经验,也必须注重汲取和运用历史经验,科学把握和正确运用历史规律,正确借鉴历代治乱兴衰的经验教训。

Jiang Zemin emphasized that a nation’s history deeply influences its present tense and its future. Today’s China developed from China’s history. Our country’s and nation’s history of development, inluding the deep rationale of safeguarding of peace and stability, also promulgates the historical inevitablity of our country’s road of development. To strive for the successes of reform and opening, and the building of socialist modernization, we must not only understand China’s present tense, but its recent and more distant past. To read more extensively about the Chinese nation’s development history, we can deepen our national feelings, enhance national self-confidence, uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics even more strongly, and achieve the magnificient cause of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

江泽民强调,一个民族的历史深刻影响着一个民族的现在和未来。今天的中国从历史的中国发展而来。我们国家和民族的发展史,包含着治国安邦的深刻道理,也揭示了今天我国发展道路的历史必然性。要夺取改革开放和社会主义现代化建设的成功,我们不仅应该懂得中国的今天,而且还应该懂得中国的昨天和前天。多读读中华民族发展史,可以使我们加深民族感情、增强民族自信心,更加信心百倍地投身坚持和发展中国特色社会主义、实现中华民族伟大复兴的宏伟事业。

Jiang Zemin points out that to learn the Chinese nation’s history of development is an important way of promoting the spirit of patriotism, and to strengthen national cohesion. Patriotism is the source of the Chinese nation standing united as one, and for a spirit of unremitting efforts for self-improvement. In the long history of Chinese development, all nationalities of our country have achieved brilliant achievements through united struggle. All of our country’s nationalities went through difficult twists and turns, they are all vivid teaching material for patriotism, and they all inspire our strong spiritual force to tirelessly struggle for national development and progress. To build deep love for the motherland and the nation, a reasonable love, it is essential to attach imprtance to learning the Chinese nation’s history of development, and to constantly enrich our knowledge.

江泽民指出,学习中华民族发展史,是弘扬爱国主义精神、增强民族凝聚力的重要途径。爱国主义始终是中华民族团结一心、自强不息的精神源泉。在中华民族漫长的发展史上,我国各族人民团结奋斗取得的辉煌成就,我国各族人民经历的种种苦难曲折,都是爱国主义教育的生动教材,都是激励我们为祖国、为民族发展进步而不懈奋斗的强大精神力量。要真正形成对祖国、对民族的深切之爱、理性之爱,必须重视学习中华民族发展史,不断丰富历史知识。

Jiang Zemin emphasized that the entire party, but particularly leading cadres must consciously learn history, ensure the importance of cultivating history’s status, to read some history, especially the history of the Chinese nation’s development, learn from experience, mold sentiments, broaden their horizons, use this to solidly establish the correct world view, the correct outlook on life, and values, to strengthen their historic sense of mission and responsibility, to increase their exploration of issues, and their levels of analyzing abilities. In the new situation, we do not only need to learn Chinese history, but world history, too. We must be good at understanding Chinese and foreign historical successes and failures, understand and grasp historic development and societies’ progress patterns from experience and lessons, and understand and grasp the big trends of development in our times. At the same time, we need to explain our history to the world, especially the hardship the Chinese antion suffered in recent history, and its great struggle, to let foreign people understand our country’s history and national situation, to help them to objectively explore and analyze today’s China form a historic perspective.

江泽民强调,全党同志特别是领导干部要自觉学习历史,把提高历史素养放到更为重要的位置上来看待,多读一点历史特别是中华民族发展史,汲取经验,陶冶情操,开阔眼界,以利于牢固树立正确的世界观、人生观、价值观,增强历史使命感和责任感,提高观察问题、分析问题的水平和能力。新形势下,我们不仅要学习中国历史,而且要学习世界历史,善于从中外历史上的成功失败、经验教训中进一步认识和把握历史发展和社会进步的规律,认识和把握时代发展大势。同时,我们还要向世界介绍我国历史,特别是要介绍近代以来中华民族遭受的历史苦难和进行的伟大奋斗,让国外民众了解我国历史和国情,帮助他们从历史角度来客观观察和分析今天的中国。

The “Concise Chinese History Reader” has been compiled by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ history research institute. The book’s train of thought is guided by Marxist materialism, profoundly discusses Chinese history from prehistoric humankind to the origins of civilization, up until the Xinhai Revolution’s outbreak in 1911, and provides popularized Chinese history reading material for the numerous cadres and the masses.

《简明中国历史读本》由中国社会科学院历史研究所组织编写。该书以中国历史发展脉络为线索,以马克思主义唯物史观为指导,深入浅出叙说上自远古人类与文明起源、下迄1911年辛亥革命爆发的中国历史,为广大干部、群众提供了一本中国历史的普及型读物。

The article is among the top news at Xinhua Net, and was also among the headlines on China National Radio‘s morning news on Tuesday, but not on websites without direct party affiliation.

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