Unearthing The Nation: Modern Geology And Nationalism In Republican China by Grace Yen ShenUnearthing The Nation: Modern Geology And Nationalism In Republican China by Grace Yen Shen

Unearthing The Nation: Modern Geology And Nationalism In Republican China

byGrace Yen Shen

Hardcover | February 13, 2014

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Questions of national identity have long dominated China’s political, social, and cultural horizons. So in the early 1900s, when diverse groups in China began to covet foreign science in the name of new technology and modernization, questions of nationhood came to the fore. In Unearthing the Nation, Grace Yen Shen uses the development of modern geology to explore this complex relationship between science and nationalism in Republican China.
Shen shows that Chinese geologists—in battling growing Western and Japanese encroachment of Chinese sovereignty—faced two ongoing challenges: how to develop objective, internationally recognized scientific authority without effacing native identity, and how to serve China when China was still searching for a stable national form. Shen argues that Chinese geologists overcame these obstacles by experimenting with different ways to associate the subjects of their scientific study, the land and its features, with the object of their political and cultural loyalties. This, in turn, led them to link national survival with the establishment of scientific authority in Chinese society.

The first major history of modern Chinese geology, Unearthing the Nation introduces the key figures in the rise of the field, as well as several key organizations, such as the Geological Society of China, and explains how they helped bring Chinese geology onto the world stage.
Grace Yen Shen is assistant professor of Chinese history at Fordham University.
Title:Unearthing The Nation: Modern Geology And Nationalism In Republican ChinaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:307 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:February 13, 2014Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022609040X

ISBN - 13:9780226090405

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCT ION / Science, Nation, and Chinese Modernity

ONE / The Lay of the Land: Territoriality, Foreign Exploration, and Modern Geology in Qing China
TWO / Shaping the Field: Fieldwork and the Creation of the Modern Chinese Geologist
THREE / A Host of Nations: Cosmopolitanism and the Geological Society of China
FOUR / The Nanjing Decade: Geological Expansion and the State
FIVE / Resistance and Reconstruction: Emergence of a Domestic Community

CONCLUSION / Grounded Visions

Selected Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

“In charting the evolution of geology and the geological community in China, Unearthing the Nation offers a portrait of modern China in miniature and a provocative interpretation of the interplay between science, nationalism, and modernity. The book is an engaging read—rich, nuanced, and elegantly written. It also bristles with insights and ideas. An excellent and long overdue study of the most important scientific discipline in early twentieth-century China.”