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China’s War with Japan, 1937–1945: The Struggle for Survival

China’s War with Japan, 1937–1945: The Struggle for Survival

Written by Sylva Martinásková Rana Mitter: China’s War with Japan, 1937–1945: The Struggle for Survival. Allen Lane, 2013. ISBN: 9781846140105. The modern history of China, as seen from the perspective of Western readers, is often reduced to the Opium Wars and the Cultural Revolution, while many other significant incidents of the 1930s and...

Martin Lavicka14 Aug 2015Leave a comment

Chinese Muslims: History, Religion, Identity

Chinese Muslims: History, Religion, Identity

Written by Adam Horálek Cieciura, Wlodzimierz (2014): Muzulmanie chińscy. Historia, religia, tozsamość. [Chinese Muslims: History, Religion, Identity]. Wydawnictwa Universytetu Warszawskiego, Warsaw. ISBN 978-83-235-1325-4. 410 p. The book Chinese Muslims: History, Religion, Identity is truly one of the most significant ethno-historical...

Martin Lavicka14 Jul 2015Leave a comment

Xinhai remembered: from Han racial revolution to great revival of the Chinese nation

Xinhai remembered: from Han racial revolution to great revival of the Chinese nation

Written by Adam Horálek James Leibold (2014): Xinhai remembered: from Han racial revolution to great revival of the Chinese nation, Asian Ethnicity, 15:1, 1-20. The Xinhai Revolution is a milestone of Chinese modern history recognized by both the PRC and Taiwan. Even though it is now mostly interpreted by politicians on both sides of Taiwan...

Martin Lavicka16 Apr 2015Leave a comment

The Silk Road. A New History.

The Silk Road. A New History.

Written by Jakub Hrubý Hansen, Valerie. 2012. The Silk Road. A New History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-515931-8. $ 34.95. Ever since the epochal finds in the Tarim Basin and Dunhuang at the beginning of the 20th century, the Silk Road and its exploration has been a fascinating topic attracting a wide audience of scholars and...

Martin Lavicka09 Mar 2015Leave a comment

Mao’s New World: Political Culture in the Early People’s Republic

Mao’s New World: Political Culture in the Early People’s Republic

Written by Rebecca Scott. Hung, Changtai (2011), Mao’s New World: Political Culture in the Early People’s Republic. Cornell University Press. At the start of his influential work, Mao’s New World: Political Culture in the Early People’s Republic Chang-tai Hung terms ‘political culture’ as the values, socio-political attitudes and...

Jonathan Sullivan09 Feb 2015Leave a comment

Screen of Kings. Royal Art and Power in Ming China.

Screen of Kings. Royal Art and Power in Ming China.

Written by Jakub Hrubý Clunas, Craig. 2013. Screen of Kings. Royal Art and Power in Ming China. London: Reaktion Books. ISBN: 978-1-78023-103-7. $ 57. The reviewed book represents a highly successful attempt to revise our understanding of the role of the imperial kin during the Ming dynasty and the functioning of Ming society as a whole. Even...

Martin Lavicka05 Jan 2015Leave a comment

Exemplary Women of Early China: The Lienü Zhuan of Liu Xiang

Exemplary Women of Early China: The Lienü Zhuan of Liu Xiang

Written by Oliver Weingarten Kinney, Anne Behnke. 2014. Exemplary Women of Early China: The Lienü Zhuan of Liu Xiang. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN:  978-0231163095. $35. The following episode can be considered fairly representative of numerous moralising narratives in the imperial librarian Liu Xiang’s 劉向 (79–8 BCE)...

Martin Lavicka03 Dec 2014Leave a comment

The Tragedy of Liberation

The Tragedy of Liberation

Written by Stanislav Myšička. Frank Dikötter: The Tragedy of Liberation. A History of the Chinese Revolution, 1945–57. New York, Bloomsbury 2013. With The Tragedy of Liberation Frank Dikötter, a Professor of History at the University of Hong Kong, presents the second book from his People’s Trilogy. The first work in that series, Mao’s...

Jonathan Sullivan08 Sep 2014Leave a comment

Facing the Monarch: Modes of Advice in the Early Chinese Court

Facing the Monarch: Modes of Advice in the Early Chinese Court

Written by Oliver Weingarten Olberding, Garret P.S., ed. Facing the Monarch: Modes of Advice in the Early Chinese Court. Harvard East Asian Monograph 359. Cambridge, MA, and London: Harvard University Press, 2013. viii, 290 pp. ISBN: 978-0674726710. In both imperial and pre-imperial China, where other means of political consultation were generally...

Martin Lavicka14 Aug 2014Leave a comment

Idle Talk: Gossip and Anecdote in Traditional China

Idle Talk: Gossip and Anecdote in Traditional China

Written by Oliver Weingarten Jack W. Chen and David Schaberg, ed., Idle Talk: Gossip and Anecdote in Traditional China. Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-938169-09-0. $39.95. Gossip and anecdote affect and reflect social life in crucial yet ambiguous ways. Gossip fosters a sense of identity in...

Martin Lavicka13 Aug 2014Leave a comment

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Yes, this was an interesting study by Chang and Lu of bilingualism and perceptions of the ...

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