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- DescriptionIn 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 tions 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.
- Author BiographyElizabeth R. VanderVen is an historian of modern and late imperial China. She was on the faculty of the History Department at Rutgers University, Camden.
- Author(s)Elizabeth R. VanderVen
- PublisherUniversity of British Columbia Press
- Date of Publication28/02/2012
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleContemporary Chinese Studies Series
- Place of PublicationVancouver
- Country of PublicationCanada
- First Published2012
- ImprintUniversity of British Columbia Press
- Content Notemaps
- Weight498 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
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