Between Heaven and Modernity: Reconstructing Suzhou, 1895-1937

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Stanford University Press, 2006 - 325 頁
Combining 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 cynosure of Chinese urbanity and economic 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 economic 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.

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Industry and Vice along the HorseRoad
23
Arteries and Veins to Nourish the Urban Body
71
Renovating the Structures of Academic Ritual and Learning
101
The Building of Modern Chinese Culture
132
A Tocsin Sounds at Hanshan Temple
173
Revaluing National Treasures in the Urban Landscape
205
Preservation and Industrial
241
Notes
253
Selected Bibliography
293
Index
317
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Peter J. Carroll is Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University.

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