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The Resource Remaking the Chinese city : modernity and national identity, 1900-1950, edited by Joseph W. Esherick, (electronic book)

Remaking the Chinese city : modernity and national identity, 1900-1950, edited by Joseph W. Esherick, (electronic book)

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Remaking the Chinese city : modernity and national identity, 1900-1950
Title
Remaking the Chinese city
Title remainder
modernity and national identity, 1900-1950
Statement of responsibility
edited by Joseph W. Esherick
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In China today skyscrapers tower over ancient temples, freeways deliver lines of cars and tour buses to imperial palaces, cinema houses compete with old theaters featuring Peking Opera. The disparity evidenced in the contemporary Chinese cityscape can be traced to the early decades of the twentieth century, when government elites sought to transform cities into a new world that would be at once modern and distinctly Chinese. Remaking the Chinese City aims to capture the full diversity of recent Chinese urbanism by examining the modernist transformations of China's cities in the first half of the twentieth century. Collecting in one place some of the most interesting and exciting new work on Chinese urban history, this volume presents thirteen essays discussing ten Chinese cities: the commercial and industrial center of Shanghai; the old capital, Beijing; the southern coastal city of Canton; the interior's Chengdu; the tourist city of Hangzhou; the utopian "New Capital" built in Manchuria during the Japanese occupation; the treaty port of Tianjin; the Nationalists' capital in Nanjing; and temporary wartime capitals of Wuhan and Chongqing. Unlike past treatments of early twentieth-century China, which characterize the period as one of failure and decay, the contributors to this volume describe an exciting world in constant and fundamental change. During this time, the Chinese city was remade to accommodate parks and police, paved roads and public spaces. Rickshaws, trolleys, and buses allowed the growth of new downtowns. Department stores, theaters, newspapers, and modern advertising nourished a new urban identity. Sanitary regulations and traffic laws were enforced, and modern media and transport permitted unprecedented freedoms. Yet despite their fondness for things Western and modern, early urban planners envisioned cities that would lead the Chinese nation and preserve Chinese tradition. The very desire for modernity led to the construction of a visible and accessible national past and the imagining of a distinctive national future. In their investigation of the national capitals of the period, the essays show how cities were reshaped to represent and serve the nation. To promote tourism, traditions were invented and recycled for the pleasure and edification of new middle-class and foreign consumers of culture. Abundantly illustrated with maps and photographs, Remaking the Chinese City presents the best and most current scholarship on modern Chinese cities. Its thoroughness and detailed scholarship will appeal to the specialist, while its clarity and scope will engage the general reader. Contributors: Michael Tsin on Canton, Ruth Rogaski and Brett Sheehan on Tianjin, David Buck on Changchun, Kristin Stapleton on Chengdu, Liping Wang on Hangzhou, Madeleine Dong on Beijing, Charles Musgrove on Nanjing, Stephen MacKinnon on Wuhan, Lee MacIsaac on Chongqing, and Jeffrey Wasserstrom and David Strand with concluding essays
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
307.76/0951
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HT147.C48
LC item number
R46 2000eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Esherick, Joseph
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  • Cities and towns
  • China
Label
Remaking the Chinese city : modernity and national identity, 1900-1950, edited by Joseph W. Esherick, (electronic book)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-271) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Modernity and nation in the Chinese city / Joseph W. Esherick -- Canton remapped / Michael Tsin -- Hygienic modernity in Tianjin / Ruth Rogaski -- Urban identity and urban networks in cosmopolitan cities: banks and bankers in Tianjin, 1900-1937 / Brett Sheehan -- Railway city and national capital: two faces of the modern in Changchun / David D. Buck -- Yang Sen in Chengdu: urban planning in the interior / Kristin Stapleton -- Tourism and spatial change in Hangzhou, 1911-1927 / Liping Wang -- Defining Beiping: urban reconstruction and national identity, 1928-1936 / Madeleine Yue Dong -- Building a dream: constructing a national capital in Nanjing, 1927-1937 / Charles D. Musgrove -- Wuhan's search for identity in the Republican period / Stephen R. MacKinnon -- The city as nation: creating a wartime capital in Chongqing / Lee McIsaac -- Locating old Shanghai: having fits about where it fits / Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom -- New Chinese cities / David Strand
Control code
JSTOR47011127
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 278 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824864125
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Remaking the Chinese city : modernity and national identity, 1900-1950, edited by Joseph W. Esherick, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-271) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Modernity and nation in the Chinese city / Joseph W. Esherick -- Canton remapped / Michael Tsin -- Hygienic modernity in Tianjin / Ruth Rogaski -- Urban identity and urban networks in cosmopolitan cities: banks and bankers in Tianjin, 1900-1937 / Brett Sheehan -- Railway city and national capital: two faces of the modern in Changchun / David D. Buck -- Yang Sen in Chengdu: urban planning in the interior / Kristin Stapleton -- Tourism and spatial change in Hangzhou, 1911-1927 / Liping Wang -- Defining Beiping: urban reconstruction and national identity, 1928-1936 / Madeleine Yue Dong -- Building a dream: constructing a national capital in Nanjing, 1927-1937 / Charles D. Musgrove -- Wuhan's search for identity in the Republican period / Stephen R. MacKinnon -- The city as nation: creating a wartime capital in Chongqing / Lee McIsaac -- Locating old Shanghai: having fits about where it fits / Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom -- New Chinese cities / David Strand
Control code
JSTOR47011127
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 278 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824864125
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote

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