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Intimate Communities

Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China, 1937-1945

Nicole Elizabeth Barnes (Author)

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Paperback, 303 pages
ISBN: 9780520300460
November 2018
$34.95, £27.00
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At publication date, a free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.

When China’s War of Resistance against Japan began in July 1937, it sparked an immediate health crisis throughout China. In the end, China not only survived the war but emerged from the trauma with a curious strength. Intimate Communities argues that women who worked as military and civilian nurses, doctors, and midwives during this turbulent period built the national community, one relationship at a time. In a country with a majority illiterate, agricultural population that could not relate to urban elites’ conceptualization of nationalism, these women used their work of healing to create emotional bonds with soldiers and civilians from across the country that transcended the divides of social class, region, gender, and language.
Nicole Elizabeth Barnes is Assistant Professor of History at Duke University. 
 
 

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