Ideas, History, and Modern China

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With China’s economic boom, continuous political stability, and increasing influence, it is time to ask if the trajectories of the Chinese Revolution--its troubled interaction with the world market, its national independence movements, its pursuit of egalitarianism, communism, and socialism, and its post-socialist reform—could be understood as a meaningful and consistent historical experience. It is important now to see how China’s past efforts have contributed or obstructed its progress since the Qing empire was thrust into the international system of nation-states in the late 19th century. This series aims to place the study of China in the contexts of the international system of nation-states, global capitalist and market expansion, imperialist rivalry, the Cold War, and recent waves of economic globalization. It welcomes analytical attempts to frame intellectual, historical, and cultural analysis conducive to dialectical relations between these categories. Ideas will not be studied in the abstract but be set in motion and intertwined with praxis through analysis of historical contexts and enriched by close analysis of aesthetic texts, such as literature, narratives, and phenomena of everyday life.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts to the publisher at BRILL, Stephanie Carta and Masja Horn.

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Education and Democracy in China
To Confine the Surging Tide from the Outside World, 1901–1937
Volume 31
By: Zhou Ying
Sovietology in Post-Mao China
Aspects of Foreign Relations, Politics, and Nationality, 1980-1999
Volume 29
By: Jie Li
Negotiating A Chinese Federation
The Exchange of Ideas and Political Collaborations between China's Men of Guns and Men of Letters, 1919-1923
Volume 28
The Market and the Oikos, Vol. II
The Peasant and the Nomad in History
Volume 27
Science and the Confucian Religion of Kang Youwei (1858–1927)
China Before the Conflict Thesis
Volume 26
Confucian Concord
Reform, Utopia and Global Teleology in Kang Youwei's Datong Shu
Volume 24
Remembering May Fourth
The Movement and its Centennial Legacy
Volume 23
Moulding the Socialist Subject
Cinema and Chinese Modernity (1949-1966)
Volume 22
The Ebb and Flow of Chinese Petroleum
A Story Told by a Witness
Volume 21
By: Mao Huahe
Contending for the "Chinese Modern"
The Writing of Fiction in the Great Transformative Epoch of Modern China, 1937-1949
Volume 20
Postsocialist Conditions
Ideas and History in China’s "Independent Cinema", 1988-2008
Volume 19
The Market and the Oikos
The Relationship between Religion and Capitalism in Modern China
Volume 18
Revolution and Form
Mao Dun's Early Novels and Chinese Literary Modernity
Volume 17
Violence, Periodization and Definition of the Cultural Revolution
A Case Study of Two Deaths by the Red Guards
Volume 16
Memory, Fluid Identity, and the Politics of Remembering
The Representations of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in English-speaking Countries
Volume 15
By: Li Li
A Modernity Set to a Pre-Modern Tune
Classical-Style Poetry of Modern Chinese Writers
Volume 14
Literature, Intellectual History, and China’s Road to Empire
Volume 13
By: Kun Qian
A Modern Miscellany
Shanghai Cartoon Artists, Shao Xunmei’s Circle and the Travels of Jack Chen, 1926-1938
Volume 12
The Allure of the Nation
The Cultural and Historical Debates in Late Qing and Republican China
Volume 11
Tapestry of Light
Aesthetic Afterlives of the Cultural Revolution
Volume 10
Politics of Art
The Creation Society and the Practice of Theoretical Struggle in Revolutionary China
Volume 9
Signposts of Self-Realization
Evolution, Ethics and Sociality in Modern Chinese Literature and Film
Volume 8
Culture and Social Transformations
Theoretical Framework and Chinese Context
Volume 7
Confucian Marxism
A Reflection on Religion and Global Justice
Volume 6
Gilded Voices
Economics, Politics, and Storytelling in the Yangzi Delta since 1949
Volume 5
Confucianism, Colonialism, and the Cold War
Chinese Cultural Education at Hong Kong’s New Asia College, 1949-63
Volume 4
Liberal Cosmopolitan
Lin Yutang and Middling Chinese Modernity
Volume 3
Ban WANG, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, UCLA, is the William Haas Professor in Chinese Literature at Stanford University. He is author of The Sublime Figure of History: Aesthetics and Politics in Twentieth-Century China (Stanford, 1997) and Illuminations from the Past: Trauma, Memory, and History in Modern China (Stanford, 2004).

WANG Hui, Ph.D. (1988), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, is Professor at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is author of several works on Chinese intellectual history and issues in contemporary China, including China’s New Order: Society, Politics, and Economy in Transition (Harvard, 2003).
All those interested in intellectual history, literature, aesthetics, or general historical studies of 20th and 21st century China.
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