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Author: Zhu Weizheng
Editor: Michael Dillon
Rereading Modern Chinese History is a collection of short essays on aspects of the history of the Qing dynasty, a regime dominated by Manchus that ruled China from 1644 to 1911. Using sources from that period and earlier it addresses key themes on the nature of Qing rule. These include the defeat by the British in the Opium Wars, the twin-track administration of Manchus and Han Chinese, the rise of Chinese military leaders in southern China, the purchase of office and endemic corruption, the challenge of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom, and the failure of political reform. There are new insights on all the Qing emperors and the Empress Dowager Cixi, who ruled China between 1861 and 1908.
Editor: Hans van de Ven
Our understanding of Chinese warfare has suffered from misconstrued contrasts between Chinese and Western ways in warfare. This is one of the arguments convincingly set forth in this important volume on an important subject. It also discusses the essentialising interpretations of Chinese culture focussing on the avoidance of warfare and the civil ethic of its officials.
Based on original sources, and dealing with the subject from the earliest dynasty up to modernity, it uniquely combines chapters on strategy and tactics. Both scope and approach make it a must for historians of China. And, with a view to its conclusions on the place of China in the context of global military history, it also provides essential reading for historians of (comparative) warfare in general.
The book’s primary goal – to provide a fuller interpretation of the role of the military in Chinese history – has been achieved with ease.
Historical Studies of Contemporary China is a collaboration between Brill and the Social Sciences Academic Press to bring the best of Chinese historical scholarship to English speaking readers. This series draws on articles from the journal Studies of Contemporary Chinese History 《当代中国史研究》 ( Dangdai Zhongguo shi yanjiu). Published by the Institute of Contemporary China at the China Academy of Social Sciences, this journal is the most important national publication in the history of China after 1949. Each volume of the series is arranged around themes such as agrarian, economic, diplomatic and gender history, and each features a scholarly introduction that discusses the significance of this work in light of political and intellectual changes. This series gives a detailed introduction to how Chinese academic historians understand their own country’s recent past. It will be of interest to the well informed general reader, as well as scholars and researchers in the relevant disciplines and areas of focus.


Volume 1: Comprehensive Overview
Volume 2: Agriculture
Volume 3 ( forthcoming): Family and Gender
Volumes 4-9 will cover the following topics: Medicine and Health, Social History, Urban Governance, Economic History, Diplomacy, and the Great Leap Forward Movement.
Editor: Peter Lorge
Chinese rulers and statesmen were naturally concerned about the issue of war, when to wage it, when it was justified, and when to avoid it. Although much has been asserted about how these issues were understood in Chinese culture, this work is the first study actually to focus on the debates themselves. These debates at court proceeded from specific understandings of what constituted evidence, and involved the practical concerns of policy as well as more general cultural values. The result is a decidedly messy portrait of Chinese decision making over two millenia that is neither distinctly Chinese nor entirely generic.
Contributors are Parks Coble, Garret Olberding, David Pong, Kenneth Swope, Paul Van Els, David Wright, and Shu-Hui Wu.

There are two versions of modern Chinese history. One is the account by the Nationalist Party, the Guomindang ( KMT ), and the other by the Chinese Communist Party ( CCP ). Historical figures are portrayed very differently depending on which version is being referenced. This is especially true

In: Remembering May Fourth
The peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Chinese Humanities, is an English-language extension of Literature, History and Philosophy ( Wen Shi Zhe 《文史哲》), a famous Chinese journal published by Shandong University. The content is not restricted to one aspect of Chinese culture but rather spans important topics within the fields of Chinese history, philosophy, and literature. It covers both traditional and modern areas of re-search. Importantly, as opposed to most English language journals that treat on Chinese studies, this journal aims to represent the current research coming out of mainland China. Thus each issue will be composed primarily of articles from Chinese scholars working at Chinese institutions, while at the same time including a small number of articles from foreign authors so as to provide opposing perspectives. This way, top scholars in China can be read in the Western world, and our Western readers will benefit from a native perspective and first hand material and research coming out of China.

Every issue will be theme-based, focusing on an issue of common interest to the academic community both within and outside China. The majority of articles will relate directly to the central theme, but each issue will also accept a limited number of articles not directly related to the current theme. This journal primarily targets academics in the English-speaking world who are interested in multiple aspects of Chinese civilization and humanities. It will be of interest to both scholars and advanced students, both specialists and informed readers. It aims to become one of the best windows for western readers to deepen their understanding of Chinese literature, history and philosophy.

All submissions and correspondences to the editors should be sent to: Dr. Ben Hammer Editorial Office of Wen Shi Zhe Shandong University Shanda Nan Lu, #27 Shandong Province, Jinan City, 250100, P. R. China

All submissions and correspondences to the editors should be sent to:

Dr. Ben Hammer Editorial Office of Wen Shi Zhe Shandong University Shanda Nan Lu, #27 Shandong Province, Jinan City, 250100, P. R. China

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Author: Hubert Seiwert
This groundbreaking book surveys the entire history of popular religious sects in Chinese history. “Publish this Book!” is the unequivocal recommendation taken from the peer reviews.
In part one the reader will find a thorough treatment of the formation of the notions of orthodoxy and heterodoxy in the contexts of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism.
Chronologically organized, the work continues to deal with each new religious movement; its teachings, scriptures, social organisation, and political significance.
The discussions on the patterns laid bare and on the dynamics of popular religious movements in Chinese society, make this book indispensable for all those who wish to gain a true understanding of the mechanics of Popular religious movements in historical and contemporary China.
Men, Women and Gender in China
NAN NÜ, from early China to China nowadays, is an interdisciplinary, international, peer-reviewed journal featuring original studies related to men, women, and gender in the fields of Chinese history, literature, linguistics and language, anthropology, archeology, art and music, law, philosophy, medicine/science, and religion.
Furthermore NAN NÜ contains a book review section on recent publications in women’s and gender studies. The journal occasionally features review articles and reports about important developments in gender studies. To best reach a wide spectrum of researchers, NAN NÜ is written in English.

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The Religious Studies in Contemporary China Collection (RSCC), co-published in cooperation with Minzu Press, makes Chinese scholarly research on religion available in English. This series includes six volumes of selected essays on the following topics: Popular Religion and Shamanism, Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Marxism and Religious Studies. The volumes in this series touch upon areas, such as popular religion, that are largely ignored in English language scholarship. These works are not only important to China scholars, but also serve as an invaluable resource for non-China specialists and students who are interested in Chinese history, religion and ethnicity.

Since the end of the late twentieth century, religion in all its varied forms has come to play an increasingly visible and dynamic role in the transformation of Chinese societies. This vitality of religious practice challenges the secularization theories that are at the heart of modern social science and it directs renewed attention to the role of religion throughout Chinese history. This series features monographs and edited volumes investigating the full range of religious practices in all Chinese societies, including Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, Taiwan, as well as overseas Chinese communities throughout Southeast Asia and elsewhere. It includes research from all disciplines in the social sciences and humanities that describes, documents, and interprets religious practices, beliefs, and the many forms of religious community in Chinese societies.