Japanese Studies of Modern China: A Bibliographical Guide to Historical and Social-science Research on the 19th and 20th Centuries

Front Cover
Harvard University Press, 1955 - History - 331 pages
0 Reviews
This volume, completed in mid-1953, is reissued in 1971 without revision because it seems to have stood the test of time: in the intervening seventeen years the corpus of Japanese writing on China which it describes has become of greater, not less, interest to Western researchers on China. There are more of them today and they are more often able to read Japanese. Study of modern China has not diminished in importance, or has the Japanese contribution to it.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

General Works
3
Domestic
30
Political Institutions
61
Copyright

9 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1955)

Born in South Dakota, John King Fairbank attended local public schools for his early education. From there he went on first to Exeter, then the University of Wisconsin, and ultimately to Harvard, from which he received his B.A. degree summa cum laude in 1929. That year he traveled to Britain as a Rhodes Scholar. In 1932 he went to China as a teacher and after extensive travel there received his Ph.D. from Oxford University in 1936. Between 1941 and 1946, he was in government service---as a member of the Office of Strategic Services, as special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to China, and finally as director of the U.S. Information Service in China. Excepting those years, beginning in 1936, Fairbank spent his entire career at Harvard University, where he served in many positions, including Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and director of Harvard's East Asian Research Center. Fairbank, who came to be considered one of the world's foremost authorities on modern Chinese history and Asian-West relations, was committed to reestablishing diplomatic and cultural relations with China. He was also committed to the idea that Americans had to become more conversant with Asian cultures and languages. In his leadership positions at Harvard and as president of the Association for Asian Studies and the American Historical Association, he sought to broaden the bases of expertise about Asia. At the same time, he wrote fluidly and accessibly, concentrating his work on the nineteenth century and emphasizing the relationship between China and the West. At the same time, his writings placed twentieth-century China within the context of a changed and changing global order. It was precisely this understanding that led him to emphasize the reestablishment of American links with China. More than anyone else, Fairbank helped create the modern fields of Chinese and Asian studies in America. His influence on American understanding of China and Asia has been profound.

Bibliographic information