Historian - Professor - Digital Scholar

Knowledge, Power, and Networks. Elites in Transition in Modern China

In the past decades, the world has watched the rise of China as an economic and military power and the emergence of Chinese transnational elites. What may seem like an entirely new phenomenon marks the revival of a trend initiated at the end of the Qing. The redistribution of power, wealth and knowledge among the […]

Prostitution in Shanghai. A Social History

Shanghai’s nightlife, from the mid-nineteenth century until the victory of the Communist Party in 1949, was dominated by the world of prostitution. Henriot portrays the Chinese sex trade, from the sophisticated life of the courtesan, to the common life of street prostitution. He examines the extent to which these worlds were integral to Chinese social […]

Shanghai 1927-1937

In 1927, China’s newly ascendant Guomindang (GMD) regime had a fragile hold on authority in the country at large. Shanghai, China’s most prosperous city, thus became a key place for the regime to establish control. In examining the policies of the Shanghai Municipal Government from 1927 to 1937 and their impact on daily life, Christian […]

In the Shadow of the Rising Sun

The authors of this 2004 volume consult Chinese and Western archival materials to examine the Chinese War of Resistance against the Japanese in the Shanghai area. They argue that the war in China was a nationalistic endeavour carried out without an effective national leadership. Wartime Chinese activities in Shanghai drew upon social networks rather than […]

Visualising China, 1845-1965

How does China project its image in the world? Why and how has the world come to form certain impressions of the Chinese and their way of life? These are issues that preoccupy Chinese citizens in the globalizing 21st century as they travel overseas, riding on the capacity of the country s newly acquired economic […]

Images in History

The contributors to this volume take up the issue of “images in history” within the context of Republican and more recent Chinese urban history. They do so in response both to the availability of a massive amount of visual data from the Republican period and to a perceived lack of sustained effort, on the part […]

New Frontiers: Imperialism’s new communities in East Asia

New Frontiers brings together scholars in the history of South and East Asia and uses newly available source materials in a pioneering comparative study of Western and Japanese imperialism. The chapters examine European, American, and Japanese communities in China and Korea. They challenge received notions of agency and collaboration by looking at the roles of British […]

The population of Shanghai

The present volume is the first systematic reconstruction of the demographic series of the population of Shanghai from the mid-nineteenth century to 1953. Designed as a reference and source book, it is based on a thorough exploration of all population data and surveys available in published documents and in archival sources. The book focuses mostly […]

Cities in the Pacific Rim

This book offers a comparative overview of the issue of sustainability in 12 major metropolises. Along with each individual essay, it provides maps and tables for each city. This book is a useful reference for policy makers, students, or people involved in urban and environmental studies.

Scythe and the city

The issue of death has loomed large in Chinese cities in the modern era. Throughout the Republican period, Shanghai swallowed up lives by the thousands. Exposed bodies strewn around in public spaces were a threat to social order as well as to public health. In a place where every group had its own beliefs and […]