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- DescriptionIn the early 1900s, the Qing dynasty implemented a series of institutional reforms to shore up its power. The most important were a nationwide school system and the abolition of the centuries-old civil examinations. A School in Every Village recounts how villagers and local state officials in Haicheng County enacted orders to establish rural primary schools from 1904 to 1931. In the process, it also addresses topics central to scholarly debates on modern China, including modernization, state making, gender, and the impact of Western ideas on local society. Elizabeth VanderVen draws on untapped archival materials to overturn received tions about the modernity-tradition binary in Chinese history and about the Chinese state as an unwelcome operator in local society. What emerges is a dynamic portrait of interaction and cooperation among state officials, local officials, and villagers, who played a vital role in establishing schools, for both boys and girls, in their communities. Although the Communists, contemporary observers, and more recent scholarship have all depicted rural society as feudal and backward and the educational reforms of the early twentieth century a failure, VanderVen's provocative study reveals that local communities were capable of integrating foreign ideas and models into a system that was at once traditional and modern, Chinese and Western.
- 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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