A School in Every Village: Educational Reform in a Northeast China County, 1904-31 (Contemporary Chinese Studies Series)
By: Elizabeth R. VanderVen (author)Hardback
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In the early 1900s, the Qing dynasty implemented a nationwide school system to buttress its power. Although the Communists, contemporary observers, and more recent scholarship have all depicted rural society as feudal and these educational reforms a failure, Elizabeth VanderVen draws on untapped archival materials to show that villagers and local officials capably integrated foreign ideas and models into a system that was at once traditional and modern, Chinese and Western. Her portrait of education reform both challenges received notions about the modernity-tradition binary in Chinese history, and addresses topics central to debates on modern China, including state making and the impact of global ideas on local society.
Elizabeth R. VanderVen is an historian of modern and late imperial China. She was on the faculty of the History Department at Rutgers University, Camden.
Introduction 1 The Setting: Northeast China, Fengtian Province, and Haicheng County 2 Educational Transformation: Abolishing and Reforming the Sishu 3 Administering the New Educational System: Educational Promotion Bureaus 4 Funding the New Community Schools 5 Establishing Girls' Schools in Haicheng County 6 Old and New in the Village Community Schools Conclusion Notes Glossary of Chinese Terms and Place Names Bibliography Index
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