National Polity and Local Power: The Transformation of Late Imperial China

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Despite efforts to attain a more balanced approach, Western historians have largely interpreted China's modern period in terms of China's 'response to the West.' This book, by a scholar who is neither Chinese nor Western, goes far to set the balance right. Min Tu-ki, Korea's leading Sinologist, shows how China's own internal agenda has conditioned Chinese political life during the transition to modernity.
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Despite efforts to attain a more balanced approach, Western historians have largely interpreted China's modern period in terms of China's 'response to the West.' This book, by a scholar who is neither Chinese nor Western, goes far to set the balance right. Min Tu-ki, Korea's leading Sinologist, shows how China's own internal agenda has conditioned Chinese political life during the transition to modernity.
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Philip A. Kuhn is Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University.

Timothy Brook is Professor of History at the University of British Columbia.

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Table of Contents


  • Foreword

  • Author's Preface


1. The Jehol Diary and the Character of Ch'ing Rule

  • Social and Political Changes

  • Ethnic Differences

  • Sinocentrism and the Acceptance of the Status Quo

  • Editorial Projects and the Chinese Literati

  • Chi Hsi Studies under the Ch'ing


2. Sheng-yuan-Chien-sheng Stratum (Sheng-Chien) in Ch'ing Society

  • The Shen-shih and the Sheng-chien: Basic Characteristics of the Shen-shih

  • Debates on the Structire of the Gentry and the Provlem of the Sheng-chien Stratum

  • Political Aspects of the Sheng-chien

  • Social Aspects of the Sheng-chien


3. Chinese "Principle" and Western "Utility," a Reassessment

  • Ethics/Technology (Tōyō dōtoku seiyō geijutsu ron) in Japan

  • Principle/Unity in China


4. The Theory of Political Feudalism in the Ch'ing Period

  • Introduction

  • Feng-chien as a Theory of Institutional Reform

  • Debates over Feudalism in the Late Nineteenth Century

  • Late-Ch'ing Debates on Local Self-Government

  • The 1898 Reform Movement and Debates on Local Self-Government


5. The Late-Ch'ing Provincial Assembly

  • Debates on the Establishment of the Provincial Assembly (1900-1907)

  • The Establishment of the Provincial Assemblies (tzu-i-chū)

  • Characteristics of the Newly Established Provincial Assemblies

  • The Authority of the Provincial Assembly


The Shoochow-Hangchow-Ningpo Railway Dispute

  • The Background of the Dispute

  • The Movement to Annul the Sino-British Loan Agreement

  • The Movement to Abrogate the Loan Deposit Agreement and Oppose the Dismissal of Tang Shou-ch'ien

  • The Changing Attitude of the Gentry Class

  • Conclusions


  • Notes

  • Bibliography

  • Glossary/Index

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