This superb collection of essays on late imperial and modern Chinese history spans the brilliant forty-year career of the late Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr. Appearing for the first time in one volume, the essays offer richly textured narratives of critical historical events as well as sweeping analyses of China's place in world history. They take us from the late Ming dynasty to the People's Republic - delving into complex issues of Confucianism and intellectual history, the nitty-gritty details of Jiangyin localism, wartime Shanghai, and more. Always there is engagement with the larger concerns of history and the social sciences: the public sphere, rebellion and revolution, the world crisis of the seventeenth century, and the influence of imperialism.
Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr. (1937-2006) was Professor of Chinese History and Haas Professor of Asian Studies in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley. Among his many books is The Great Enterprise: The Manchu Reconstruction of Imperial Order in Seventeenth-Century China (UC Press).
Preface FredericWakeman's Oeuvre in the Framework of World, and Comparative History S.N. Eisenstadt Navigating History: Voyages part one * China In the Context ofWorld History 1. China and the Seventeenth-Century World Crisis 2. The Chinese Mirror: Universal Values and Particular Societies part two * The Ming-Qing Period 3. The Shun Interregnum of 1644 4. Romantics, Stoics, and Martyrs in Seventeenth-Century China 5. The Price of Autonomy: Intellectuals in Ming and Qing Politics 6. Localism and Loyalism during the Qing Conquest of Jiangnan: The Tragedy of Jiangyin part three * Shanghai in the Republic Period 7. Licensing Leisure: The Chinese Nationalists' Attempt to Regulate Shanghai, 1927--1949 8. Shanghai Smuggling part four * Historiography of Chinese History 9. The Use and Abuse of Ideology in the Study of Contemporary China 10. Chinese Archives and American Scholarship on Modern Chinese History part five * Modernity and State 11. Civil Society in Late Imperial and Modern China 12. Drury's Occupation of Macao and China's Response to Early Modern Imperialism 13. Models of Historical Change: The Chinese State and Society, 1938--1989 Reflection: Telling Chinese History Appendix: Books by Frederic E.Wakeman Jr. Acknowledgments Index