Dimensions: 1120 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 2.6 in
Published: September 30, 1983
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0521235413
ISBN - 13: 9780521235419
About the Book
This is the first of two volumes which review the Republican period, between the demise of imperial China and the establishment of the People's Republic.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Maritime and continental in China''s history John
K. Fairbank; 2. Economic trends, 1912-49 Albert Feuerwerker; 3. The
foreign presence in China Albert Feuerwerker; 4. Politics in the
aftermath of revolution: the era of Yuan Shih-k''ai, 1912-16 Ernest
P. Young; 5. A constitutional republic: the Peking government,
1916-28 James E. Sheridan; 6. The warlord era: politics and
militarism under the Peking governmnet, 1916-28 James E. Sheridan;
7. Intellectual change: from the Reform movement to the May fourth
movement, 1895-1920 Charlotte Furth; 8. Themes in intellectual
history: May fourth and after Benjamin I. Schwartz; 9. Literary
trends I: the quest for modernity, 1895-1927 Leo Ou-Fan Lee; 10.
The Chinese communist movement to 1927 Jerome Ch''en; 11. The
nationalist revolution: from Canton to Nanking, 1923-28 C. Martin
Wilbur; 12. The Chinese bourgeoisie, 1911-37 Marie-Claire Bergère.
From the Publisher
This is the first of two volumes of this authoritative Cambridge history which review the Republican period, between the demise of imperial China and the establishment of the People''s Republic. These years from 1912 to 1949 were marked by civil war, revolution and invasion; but also by change and growth in the economic, social, intellectual and cultural spheres. The chapters in this volume represent new syntheses by leading scholars concerned with Republican China. They examine economic trends in the period and the rise of the new middle class. Intellectual trends are surveyed to show the changes in traditional Chinese values and the foreign influences which played a major role in Republican China. Political development and events are traced until 1928; and the second, companion volume will complete the historical coverage. An introduction by John K. Fairbank placed the period in the context of international trade and influence. Although it is written by specialists, the goals and approach of this Cambridge history are to explain and discuss republican China for an audience which will include scholars, students and general readers who do not have special knowledge of Chinese history. It will be useful both as narrative history and as a reference source on the history and politics of China.
About the Author
Born in South Dakota, John King Fairbank attended local public schools for his early education. From there he went on first to Exeter, then the University of Wisconsin, and ultimately to Harvard, from which he received his B.A. degree summa cum laude in 1929. That year he traveled to Britain as a Rhodes Scholar. In 1932 he went to China as a teacher and after extensive travel there received his Ph.D. from Oxford University in 1936. Between 1941 and 1946, he was in government service---as a member of the Office of Strategic Services, as special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to China, and finally as director of the U.S. Information Service in China. Excepting those years, beginning in 1936, Fairbank spent his entire career at Harvard University, where he served in many positions, including Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and director of Harvard's East Asian Research Center. Fairbank, who came to be considered one of the world's foremost authorities on modern Chinese history and Asian-West relations, was committed to reestablishing diplomatic and cultural relations with China. He was also committed to the idea that Americans had to become more conversant with Asian cultures and languages. In his leadership positions at Harvard and as president of the Association for Asian Studies and the American Historical Association, he sought to broaden the bases of expertise about Asia. At the same time, he wrote fluidly and accessibly, concentrating his work on the nineteenth