New Chinese History Dissertation Reviews


The third season of Chinese History Dissertation Reviews begins this September. If you are interested in reviewing for the series, having your dissertation reviewed, contributing a “Fresh from the Archives” or “Talking Shop” article, or helping out in some other way, please contact

A small taste of what’s to come on CHDR:

Pierre Fuller, Struggling with Famine in Warlord China: Social Networks, Achievements, and Limitations, 1920-21 (University of California, Irvine, 2011) – Reviewed by Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley (San Diego State University)

Fang Qin, Beauty and a Broken City: Women and their Publicity in Tianjin, 1898-1911 (University of Minnesota, 2011) – Reviewed by Zhao Ma (Washington University)

Vivienne Xiangwei Guo, “Fresh from the Archives” review of Nanjing Municipal Archives

Jim Bonk, “Fresh from the Archives” review of National Library of China, Reading Room for Ordinary Old Books (Guojia tushuguan, Putong guji yuelan shi)

Liansu Meng, The Inferno Tango: Gender Politics and Modern Chinese Poetry, 1917-1980 (University of Michigan, 2010) – Reviewed by Dun Wang (Sun Yat-sen University)

Scott Relyea, Gazing at the Tibetan Plateau: Sovereignty and Chinese State Expansion in the Early Twentieth Century (University of Chicago, 2010) – Reviewed by Stephen Halsey (University of Miami)

Tsung-Yi Pan, Constructing Tiananmen Square as a Realm of Memory: National Salvation, Revolutionary Tradition, and Political Modernity in Twentieth-Century China (University of Minnesota, 2011) – Reviewed by Alexander Cook (University of California, Berkeley)

Plus 25 others…

Meet the Editor

Thomas S. Mullaney is Associate Professor of Chinese History at Stanford University. He is the author of Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China (University of California Press 2011, Foreword by Benedict Anderson). This book charts the history of China’s 1954 Ethnic Classification project (minzu shibie), a joint social scientific-Communist state expedition wherein a group of ethnologists, linguists, and Party cadres traveled to the most ethnically diverse province in the People’s Republic to determine which minority communities would and would not be officially recognized by the state. He is also principal editor of Critical Han Studies: The History, Representation and Identity of China’s Majority (University of California Press 2012). His current book project, The Chinese Typewriter: A Global History, examines China’s nineteenth- and twentieth-century development of a character-based information infrastructure encompassing Chinese telegraphy, typewriting, character retrieval systems, shorthand, Braille, word processing, and computing. [Website here]

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