Contemporary Chinese Studies

This series provides new scholarship and perspectives on modern and contemporary China, including China's contested borderlands and minority peoples; ongoing social, cultural, and political changes; and the varied histories that animate China today.

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Frontier Fieldwork

Building a Nation in China’s Borderlands, 1919–45

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Frontier Fieldwork exposes the transformative power that early-twentieth-century fieldwork had in placing the Sino-Tibetan borderlands at the centre of China’s nation-making process and race to modernity.

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Saving the Nation through Culture

The Folklore Movement in Republican China

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Saving the Nation through Culture tells the little-known story of how a group of Chinese scholars attempted to use “low culture” to promote national unity during a long period of crisis.

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Yuan Shikai

A Reappraisal

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This first major comprehensive study of Yuan Shikai in more than half a century explores the controversial life of one of the most important figures in China’s transition from empire to republic.

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Beyond the Amur

Frontier Encounters between China and Russia, 1850–1930

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Beyond the Amur charts the pivotal role that an overlooked frontier river region and its environment played in Qing China’s politics and Sino-Russian relations.

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A Frontier Made Lawless

Violence in Upland Southwest China, 1800-1956

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In the first Western language history of Liangshan, Joseph Lawson argues that the region was not inherently violent but made violent by turmoil elsewhere in China.

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Empire and Environment in the Making of Manchuria

Edited by Norman Smith
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This unique analysis of Manchuria’s environmental history provides an overview of the climatic and imperialist forces that have shaped an area of ongoing geopolitical importance.

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Banished to the Great Northern Wilderness

Political Exile and Re-education in Mao’s China

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Through newly accessed labour farm archives and recently uncovered Chinese-language sources, this book brings to life the experience of political exiles in Mao’s China.

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State of Exchange

Migrant NGOs and the Chinese Government

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This exploration of the interactive relationship between Chinese NGOs and the Chinese state provides fresh insights into how the Chinese government operates and why it needs non-governmental organizations to survive.

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Remembering the Samsui Women

Migration and Social Memory in Singapore and China

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A study of the Samsui women who migrated from China to Singapore, where they have been commemorated as nation-builders.

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The Pragmatic Dragon

China’s Grand Strategy and Boundary Settlements

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Presenting a historical survey of China’s boundary disputes and settlements, Hyer demonstrates that its approach to territorial disputes has been pragmatic and strategic.

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The Business of Culture

Cultural Entrepreneurs in China and Southeast Asia, 1900-65

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The first critical analysis of Chinese “cultural entrepreneurs,” businesspeople whose entrepreneurial endeavours in China and Southeast Asia the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries transformed the cultural sphere.

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Staging Corruption

Chinese Television and Politics

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A study of the television dramas about government corruption that became hugely popular in the mid-1990s and their reflection of China’s post-Socialist anxieties.

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Diasporic Chineseness after the Rise of China

Communities and Cultural Production

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Leading international scholars examine the production of culture during China’s rise to global superpower in the last quarter of a century.

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Cultivating Connections

The Making of Chinese Prairie Canada

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The voices of Chinese immigrants who settled in the pre-1950s Canadian prairies come alive in this extraordinary record of migration, settlement, and community life.

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Coping with Calamity

Environmental Change and Peasant Response in Central China, 1736-1949

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The first environmental and socioeconomic history of the Jianghan plain in central China, focusing on the peasants’ relationship with a volatile environment.

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The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine, 1850-1960

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A history of the convergence of Western and Chinese medical practices in modern China.

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Milestones on a Golden Road

Writing for Chinese Socialism, 1945-80

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Milestones on a Golden Road examines works of fiction written in China between 1945 and 1980, when the arts were required to reflect a Maoist vision of history and society.

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Chinese Comfort Women

Testimonies from Imperial Japan’s Sex Slaves

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This is the first English-language book to record the experiences and testimonies of Chinese women abducted and detained as sex slaves in Japanese military “comfort stations” during Japan’s 1931-45 invasion of China.

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Sporting Gender

Women Athletes and Celebrity-Making during China’s National Crisis, 1931-45

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This book explores the casting of China’s earliest female Olympians as celebrities within the context of a national crisis, born of internal conflicts and external attack by Japan.

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Chieftains into Ancestors

Imperial Expansion and Indigenous Society in Southwest China

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An in-depth examination of how the Chinese imperial state impacted the social order of southwestern China’s minority peoples and redefined their histories and culture.

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