Intimate Communities: Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China, 1937-1945

Intimate Communities: Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China, 1937-1945

by Nicole Elizabeth Barnes

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When China’s War of Resistance against Japan began in July 1937, it sparked an immediate health crisis throughout China.
In the end, China not only survived the war but emerged from the trauma with a more cohesive population.
Intimate Communities
argues that women who worked as military and civilian nurses, doctors, and midwives during this turbulent period built the national community, one relationship at a time.
In a country with a majority illiterate, agricultural population that could not relate to urban elites’ conceptualization of nationalism, these women used their work of healing to create emotional bonds with soldiers and civilians from across the country. These bonds transcended the divides of social class, region, gender, and language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520300460
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 303
Sales rank: 819,697
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nicole Elizabeth Barnes is Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University. 


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Prologue in Triptych xv

Introduction 1

1 Policing the Public in the New Capital 21

2 Appearing in Public: The Relationships at the Heart of the Nation 52

3 Healing to Kill the True Internal Enemy 91

4 Authority in the Halls of Science: Women of the Wards 120

5 Mothers for the Nation 159

Conclusion 193

Notes 203

Glossary of Personal Names and Terms 255

Bibliography 267

Index 289

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