The Alienated Academy: Culture and Politics in Republican China, 1919-1937

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Harvard Univ Asia Center, 2000 - Education - 449 pages

The enormous changes in twentieth-century Chinese higher education up to the Sino-Japanese War are detailed in this pioneering work. Yeh examines the impact of instruction in English and of the introduction of science and engineering into the curriculum. Such innovations spurred the movement of higher education away from the gentry academies focused on classical studies and propelled it toward modern middle-class colleges with diverse programs.

Yeh provides a typology of Chinese institutions of higher learning in the Republican period and detailed studies of representative universities. She also describes student life and prominent academic personalities in various seats of higher learning. Social changes and the political ferment outside the academy affected students and faculty alike, giving rise, as Yeh contends, to a sense of alienation on the eve of war.

 

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Contents

Language and Learn1ng
7
The Social Landscape
51
Sacred or Secular?
59
The Social Composition of St Johns
65
The Challenge of Nationalism
77
From Gentry Academ1es to M1ddleclass Colleges
89
Shangha1 Un1vers1ty and the Ideal of Revolut1on
129
Under the Gu1dance of the Party
167
a Debate
235
Two Views
242
The Resurgence of an Aestheticism of Melancholy
249
Unhappy Families
255
The Nationalist
261
An Ethic of Aestheticism
271
Geographical Distribution of Institutes of Higher Education
281
St Johns Football Team 19211922 50
315

College L1fe and the Costs of Style
183
Student Culture beyond the
229
Members of the Society for Popular Literacy Qinghua Uni 184
324
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Wen-hsin Yeh is Richard H. and Laurie C. Morrison Professor in History at the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley. She is author of "The Alienated Academy: Culture and Politics in Republican China" and "Provinical Passages: Culture, Space, and the Origins of Chinese Communism "(UC Press) and editor of "Becoming Chinese: Passages to Modernity and Beyond, 1900 1950 "(UC Press).

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