• Chang P’eng-yüan (Zhang Pengyuan), Cong minquan dao weiquan. Sun Zhongshan di xunzheng sixiang yu zhuanzhe jian lun dangren jizhi shushi (From tutelage to authoritarianism: Sun Yat-sen’s thoughts on tutelage, its transformation, and the accomplishment of his project by Guomindang members)

    Taipei, Academia Sinica, Institute of Modern History, 2015, VII + 184 pp. Review by Marie-Claire Bergère At age 80, a reputed historian with Taiwan’s Academia Sinica,…

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  • Lucien Bianco, La Récidive. Révolution russe et révolution chinoise (Recurrence: Russian Revolution and Chinese Revolution)

    Paris, Gallimard, Bibliothèque des Histoires, 2014, 528 pp. Review by Marie-Claire Bergère This book studies and compares the Russian and Chinese revolutions, which occurred at…

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  • Nara Dillon and Jean Oi, (eds.), At the Crossroads of Empires: Middlemen, Social Networks, and State-Building in Republican Shanghai

    Nara Dillon and Jean Oi, (eds.), At the Crossroads of Empires: Middlemen, Social Networks, and State-Building in Republican Shanghai, Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2008, XIII+310…

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  • Wen-hsin Yeh, Shanghai Splendor: Economic Sentiments and the Making of Modern China, 1843-1949, Berkeley, University of California Press, 2007, 305 pp.

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  • Alain Roux & Wang Xiaoling, Qu Qiubai (1899-1935), “Des mots de trop” (duoyu de hua). L’autobiographie d’un intellectuel engagé chinois

    Document sans nom Qu Qiubai was an unfortunate intellectual, whose tragic destiny illustrates the dilemmas faced, at the beginning of the twentieth century, by a…

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  • Zhao Suisheng, A Nation-State by Construction. Dynamics of Modern Chinese Nationalism

    Following a preliminary exposition dedicated to summarising the theoretical debates on the origin and nature of Chinese nationalism (Chapter 1), Zhao Suisheng sets out to…

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  • Ji Zhaojin, A History of Modern Shanghai Banking. The Rise and Decline of China Finance Capitalism

    To attempt a 260 page summary of the history of the Chinese and foreign banks in Shanghai over a whole century (1842-1952) is an extremely…

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  • Christopher Bo Bramsen, Open Doors. Vilhelm Meyer and the Establishment of General Electric in China

    A large house overlooking the port of Copenhagen and, next to the sea in Sokdsberg, an enormous summer residence, full of children and loyal domestic…

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  • Ho Pui-yin, Water for a Barren Rock. 150 Years of Water Supply in Hong Kong

    Even for the tourist that I was at the beginning of the 1960s, it has bee hard to forget the severe restrictions that lay heavy…

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