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- DescriptionCombining social, political, and cultural history, this book examines the contestation over space, history, and power in the late Qing and Republican-era reconstruction of the ancient capital of Suzhou as a modern city. Located fifty miles west of Shanghai, Suzhou has been celebrated throughout Asia as a cysure of Chinese urbanity and ecomic plenty for a thousand years. With the city's 1895 opening as a treaty port, businessmen and state officials began to draw on Western urban planning in order to bolster Chinese political and ecomic power against Japanese encroachment. As a result, both Suzhou as a whole and individual components of the cityscape developed new significance according to a calculus of commerce and nationalism. Japanese monks and travelers, Chinese officials, local people, and others competed to claim Suzhou's streets, state institutions, historic monuments, and temples, and thereby to define the course of Suzhou's and greater China's modernity.
- Author BiographyPeter J. Carroll is Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University.
- Author(s)Peter J. Carroll
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication20/06/2006
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content Note7 figures, 19 illustrations, 1 map
- Weight599 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine26 mm
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