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Telling Chinese History

A Selection of Essays

Frederic Wakeman Jr. (Author), Lea Wakeman (Editor)

Available worldwide

Paperback, 480 pages
ISBN: 9780520256064
March 2009
$34.95, £24.95
This superb collection of essays on late imperial and modern Chinese history spans the brilliant forty-year career of the late Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr. Appearing for the first time in one volume, the essays offer richly textured narratives of critical historical events as well as sweeping analyses of China's place in world history. They take us from the late Ming dynasty to the People's Republic—delving into complex issues of Confucianism and intellectual history, the nitty-gritty details of Jiangyin localism, wartime Shanghai, and more. Always there is engagement with the larger concerns of history and the social sciences: the public sphere, rebellion and revolution, the world crisis of the seventeenth century, and the influence of imperialism.
FredericWakeman’s Oeuvre in the Framework of World, and Comparative History
S.N. Eisenstadt

Navigating History: Voyages

part one · China In the Context ofWorld History

1. China and the Seventeenth-Century World Crisis
2. The Chinese Mirror: Universal Values and Particular Societies

part two · The Ming-Qing Period

3. The Shun Interregnum of 1644
4. Romantics, Stoics, and Martyrs in Seventeenth-Century China
5. The Price of Autonomy: Intellectuals in Ming and Qing Politics
6. Localism and Loyalism during the Qing Conquest of Jiangnan: The Tragedy of Jiangyin

part three · Shanghai in the Republic Period

7. Licensing Leisure: The Chinese Nationalists’ Attempt to Regulate Shanghai, 1927–1949
8. Shanghai Smuggling

part four · Historiography of Chinese History

9. The Use and Abuse of Ideology in the Study of Contemporary China
10. Chinese Archives and American Scholarship on Modern Chinese History

part five · Modernity and State

11. Civil Society in Late Imperial and Modern China
12. Drury’s Occupation of Macao and China’s Response to Early Modern Imperialism
13. Models of Historical Change: The Chinese State and Society, 1938–1989

Reflection: Telling Chinese History
Appendix: Books by Frederic E.Wakeman Jr.
Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr. (1937-2006) was Professor of Chinese History and Haas Professor of Asian Studies in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley. Among his many books is The Great Enterprise: The Manchu Reconstruction of Imperial Order in Seventeenth-Century China (UC Press).
“The collection is well worth reading:it stands as testimony to Wakeman’s skill.”—Journal Of World History
“This is a book that belongs in every historian’s library.”—The Historian
"Frederic Wakeman's scholarship is impeccable and the breadth of learning in this book is astounding. I repeatedly found myself slowing down to savor the material. Many of the essays in this collection are no longer easily accessible, and placing them together in a single volume will be a great benefit to the next generation of students and scholars. "—Joseph W. Esherick, author of The Origins of the Boxer Uprising

"This book brings together the best of Frederic Wakeman's articles, all of which are beautifully written and represent the remarkable breadth of Wakeman's research. The opportunity to read them together sheds new light on Chinese history and on the thought processes of one of the West's greatest historians."—Madeleine Zelin, Director of the East Asian National Resource Center at Columbia University

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