Between Heaven and Modernity: Reconstructing Suzhou, 1895-1937

Between Heaven and Modernity: Reconstructing Suzhou, 1895-1937

by Peter Carroll
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804753598

ISBN-13: 9780804753593

Pub. Date: 06/20/2006

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Combining social, political, and cultural history, this book examines the contestation over space, history, and power in the late Qing and Republican-era reconstruction of the ancient capital of Suzhou as a modern city. Located fifty miles west of Shanghai, Suzhou has been celebrated throughout Asia as a cynosure of Chinese urbanity and economic plenty for a

Overview

Combining social, political, and cultural history, this book examines the contestation over space, history, and power in the late Qing and Republican-era reconstruction of the ancient capital of Suzhou as a modern city. Located fifty miles west of Shanghai, Suzhou has been celebrated throughout Asia as a cynosure of Chinese urbanity and economic plenty for a thousand years. With the city's 1895 opening as a treaty port, businessmen and state officials began to draw on Western urban planning in order to bolster Chinese political and economic power against Japanese encroachment. As a result, both Suzhou as a whole and individual components of the cityscape developed new significance according to a calculus of commerce and nationalism. Japanese monks and travelers, Chinese officials, local people, and others competed to claim Suzhou’s streets, state institutions, historic monuments, and temples, and thereby to define the course of Suzhou’s and greater China’s modernity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804753593
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
06/20/2006
Edition description:
1
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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