Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6¼ x 9½
978-0-7425-5465-8 • Hardback • December 2007 • $105.00 • (£81.00)
978-0-7425-5466-5 • Paperback • December 2007 • $38.00 • (£29.00)
978-1-4616-4436-1 • eBook • December 2007 • $36.00 • (£28.00)
Kenneth J. Hammond is associate professor of history at New Mexico State University. Kristin Stapleton is associate professor of history and director of the Asian Studies Program at the University of Buffalo.
Chapter 1: Li Shizhen: Early Modern Scientist
Chapter 2: Amazon, Artist, and Adventurer: A Courtesan in Late Imperial China
Chapter 3: Zou Boqi on Vision and Photography in Nineteenth-Century China
Chapter 4: Ho Kai: A Chinese Reformer in Colonial Hong Kong
Chapter 5: Der Ling: Manchu Princess, Cultural Advisor, and Author
Chapter 6: Li Chenggan: Patriot, Populist, and Factory Patriarch
Chapter 7: The Beijing University Students in the May Fourth Era: A Collective Biography
Chapter 8: The Reluctant Mendicant
Chapter 9: Hu Lanqi: Rebellious Woman, Revolutionary Soldier, Discarded Heroine, Triumphant Survivor
Chapter 10: Zhao Ruiqin: A Peasant Woman in Gansu and Domestic Worker in Beijing
Combining meticulous scholarship with the accessibility of biography, this volume provides readers with an intriguing means of exploring the meaning of modernity in China. The ten individuals whose life stories are chronicled here are not all extraordinary, but their experiences all reveal a China far different and far more complex than the traditional stereotype of a stagnant society waiting passively for the West to bring its modernizing influence. A lively Manchu princess, an illiterate peasant woman, a nineteenth-century Chinese photographer, the determined students of May Fourth—these are just a sampling of the men and women who bring Chinese history, in all its dynamism and tragedy, to life in these pages.
— Joyce A. Madancy, Union College
A fascinating array of Chinese are profiled in this book, introducing readers to more than four hundred years of history. For anyone interested in how individual women and men—including scholars, courtesans, merchants, factory managers, students, revolutionaries, and domestic workers—experienced and contributed to China's social, intellectual, and political transformations, this volume of essays by established scholars of Chinese studies will open many avenues of inquiry.
— Roger Thompson, Western Washington University
This unique and extremely valuable book beautifully reflects the richness of Chinese social life. The biographies do a superb job of expressing how fundamental changes in China over the past five hundred years affected individuals in a variety of settings. By focusing on the very real human dimensions of Chinese history, the text is superbly equipped to enrich and engage students of China at all levels.
— David Pietz, Washington State University
Based on extensive primary research that is deftly woven into an accessible narrative for general readers
Features diverse personalities: rich and poor, women and men, people from all regions of China
Emphasizes gender, economic, cultural, and political history
An ideal supplement for courses on Modern Chinese History, Modern East Asian History, and World History