Through compelling biographies of a wide range of historical figures, this engaging text presents a panorama of modern Chinese history that illustrates the great social and political changes that have occurred over the past 500 years. Through the lives of both the famous and the obscure, the contributors explore such enduring themes of the flexibility of the definition of "Chinese" in an era of imperialism and revolution, the tremendous transformations in gender relations, and the wide gap between the lives of urban and rural Chinese. Richly researched, these biographies are written in an accessible and appealing style that will engage all readers interested in modern China.
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.
Introduction 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