Author Archives: Thomas Mullaney

About Thomas Mullaney

Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese History at Stanford University

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Dissertation Reviews has expanded to feature research in a variety of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences (with more 10 new fields debuting in 2012-13). Please find us at http://www.dissertationreviews.org

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Balancing Rites and Rights: The Social and Cultural Politics of New-Style Weddings in Republican Shanghai, 1898-1953 (by CHARLOTTE LUCIA COWDEN)

[To read this review on the new Dissertation Reviews website, click here] In her dissertation, Charlotte Cowden traces the evolution of new-style weddings between the last decade of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) and the first years of Communist rule. A … Continue reading

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Contending States and Religious Orders in North China and in East Asian Context, 906-1260 (By JESSE D. SLOANE)

[Note: To read this review on the new Dissertation Reviews site, click here] Thoroughly reexamining the religious policies and administrations of the Liao, Northern Song, and Jin states, Contending States and Religious Orders in North China and in East Asian Context, 906-1260 successfully provides us with … Continue reading

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Searching for the Self: Zhang Shizhao and Chinese Narratives (1903-1927) (by YE BIN).

[Note: To read this review on the new Dissertation Reviews site, click here] Where do nation, modernity, and tradition intersect?  This is the question that frames Ye Bin’s beautifully crafted dissertation about the “Chinese quest for a new political and ethical order” in the … Continue reading

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Chasing Snails: Anti-Schistosomiasis Campaigns in the People’s Republic of China (by MIRIAM GROSS)

[Note: To read this review on the new Dissertation Reviews site, click here] At the heart of Miriam Gross’ investigation there lies a curious paradox concerning the relationship between the practice and the collective memory of mass mobilizations in China during the 1950s and 1960s. … Continue reading

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The China Problem in Postwar Japan: Japanese Nationalism and Sino-Japanese Relations, 1971-1980, by ROBERT JAMES HOPPENS.

Today on the new Dissertation Reviews site: Eric C. Han reviews “The China Problem in Postwar Japan: Japanese Nationalism and Sino-Japanese Relations, 1971-1980,” by ROBERT JAMES HOPPENS.

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Tianjin Municipal Archives

[Note: To read this review on the new Dissertation Reviews site, click here] During the summer of 2011, I spent one month at the Tianjin Municipal Archives. This was my third visit to the archives. I also used the archives during the summer of … Continue reading

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Tales for Tarō: A Study of Japanese Children’s Magazines, 1888–1949, by NONA L. CARTER.

Today on the new Dissertation Reviews site: L. Halliday Piel’s review of “Tales for Tarō: A Study of Japanese Children’s Magazines, 1888–1949,” by NONA L. CARTER.

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Mad Acts, Mad Speech, and Mad People in Late Imperial Chinese Law and Medicine, by FABIEN SIMONIS.

[Note: To read this review on the new Dissertation Reviews site, click here] In the spirit of Paul Unschuld and Nathan Sivin, who have both meticulously documented and translated the traditional Chinese medical canon from its first articulation in the Huangdi neijing, Fabien Simonis presents … Continue reading

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First “Japan Studies Dissertation Review” Today

Dissertation Reviews has expanded into Japan Studies, and today is the first post. Please visit us here and help us spread the word among colleagues.

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Modern Homes for Modern Families in Tianjin, China, 1860-1949, by ELIZABETH LaCOUTURE.

[Note: To read this review on the new Dissertation Reviews site, click here] Elizabeth LaCouture’s dissertation is structured around the multiple meanings of jiating (家庭)—family, house, and home—and the complicated interweaving of those meanings as China struggled in the early twentieth century to … Continue reading

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New Dissertation Reviews Website Online

Dear Colleagues, The new year of Dissertation Reviews debuts this Monday with one of forty new postings (and counting). As part of the new year, and our expansion into Japan Studies and Korean Studies, we are proud to announce the new website www.dissertationreviews.org. … Continue reading

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PDF Digest of all Chinese History Dissertation Reviews posted in 2010

In preparation for a new series of dissertation reviews, we’ve compiled all of last year’s posts in a downloadable PDF digest. You can find it here: Chinese History Dissertation Reviews Digest 2010

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Update on “Fresh from the Archives”

The response to the new series has been wonderful so far, with reviews underway for the municipal archives in Tianjin, Chongqing, Xi’an, Kunming, and Shijiazhuang; and the provincial archives in Shaanxi, Hebei, and Sichuan. If you have recent experience in … Continue reading

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“Fresh from the Archives” (A New Series on Chinese History Dissertation Reviews)

As everyone well knows who works in the field of history, archives are at once the most rewarding and frustrating parts of the job. They are sites of epiphany and of bureaucracy in equal measure, with their internal workings changing … Continue reading

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20 New Dissertation Reviews Scheduled for 2011

Chinese History Dissertation Reviews is proud to announce that over 20 new dissertations are set to be featured during the 2011-12 academic year, the majority of which will be reviewed by new members of the CHDR network. New authors and reviewers … Continue reading

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Has the Fulbright-Hays Cancellation Affected You?

This week, the U.S. Department of Education announced that, due to budgetary constraints, “no new awards will be made under the [Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad] Program in FY 2011.”

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Coming in Fall 2011: Japan Studies Dissertation Reviews

It is with great pleasure that we announce the forthcoming launch of “Japan Studies Dissertation Reviews,” set to go live in Fall 2011. In the tradition of CHDR

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Coming in Fall 2011: Korean Studies Dissertation Reviews

It is with great pleasure that we announce the forthcoming launch of “Korean Studies Dissertation Reviews,” set to go live in Fall 2011. In the tradition of CHDR

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Invitation to Info Session in Hawaii (Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting)

Dear Colleagues and Students in East Asian Studies, Please mark your calendars and join us for an informational session to be held at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting in Hawaii. Discussion will focus on the future of the … Continue reading

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Yudahua: The Growth of An Industrial Enterprise in Modern China 1890-1957. By JUANJUAN PENG (Review by George Zhijian Qiao)

Yudahua: The Growth of An Industrial Enterprise in Modern China 1890-1957. By JUANJUAN PENG. John Hopkins University, 2007. 215 pp. Primary Advisors: William T. Rowe and Tobie Meyer-Fong. This dissertation revisits the early industrialization and business history of modern China … Continue reading

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See You in 2011 (and links to the first 10 reviews)

These last two months have been an exciting start for Chinese History Dissertation Reviews. Since our launch date on October 18th, we’ve posted 10 reviews of dissertations defended at eight different institutions, covering a wide array of topics and subfields. We … Continue reading

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Finding and Using Grassroots Historical Sources from the Mao Era (by Jeremy Brown)

As I opened the New York Times on January 26, 2010, I was excited to see an article about how the Beijing Municipal Archive (BMA) had opened sixteen new volumes of files dating from the Cultural Revolution period. I shared … Continue reading

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Organizing Shanghai’s Youth: Communist, Nationalist, and Collaborationist Strategies, 1920-1942. By KRISTIN MULREADY-STONE (Review by Maggie Clinton)

Organizing Shanghai’s Youth: Communist, Nationalist, and Collaborationist Strategies, 1920-1942. By KRISTIN MULREADY-STONE. Yale University, 2009. 334 pp. Advisor: Jonathan D. Spence. Kristin Mulready-Stone’s dissertation documents the organization and activities of party-affiliated youth organizations in Shanghai from 1920-1942. Consisting of six … Continue reading

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Becoming Faithful: Christianity, Literacy, and Female Consciousness in Northeast China, 1830-1930. By JI LI (Review by Brooks Jessup)

Becoming Faithful: Christianity, Literacy, and Female Consciousness in Northeast China, 1830-1930. By JI LI. University of Michigan, 2009. 298 pp. Primary Advisor: James Lee. Ji Li’s dissertation is a fascinating study of the French Catholic mission sent to Manchuria by … Continue reading

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Marginal Constituencies: Qing Borderland Policies and Vernacular Histories of Five Tribes on the Sino-Russian Frontier. By LORETTA EUMIE KIM (Review by Eric Vanden Bussche)

Marginal Constituencies: Qing Borderland Policies and Vernacular Histories of Five Tribes on the Sino-Russian Frontier. By LORETTA EUMIE KIM. Harvard University, 2009. 427 pp. Primary Advisor: Philip Kuhn. Recent scholarship on late imperial Chinese history has examined how the Qing … Continue reading

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Saintly Brokers: Uyghur Muslims, Trade, and the Making of Qing Central Asia, 1696-1814. By KWANGMIN KIM (Review by Loretta Kim)

Saintly Brokers: Uyghur Muslims, Trade, and the Making of Qing Central Asia, 1696-1814. By KWANGMIN KIM. University of California, Berkeley, 2008. 485 pp. Primary Advisors: Wen-hsin Yeh, Yuri Slezkine, and Patricia Berger. Kwangmin Kim’s dissertation is a significant contribution to … Continue reading

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International and Wartime Origins of the Propaganda State: The Motion Picture in China, 1897-1955. By MATTHEW DAVID JOHNSON (Review by Kevin Carrico)

International and Wartime Origins of the Propaganda State: The Motion Picture in China, 1897-1955. By MATTHEW DAVID JOHNSON. University of California, San Diego, 2008. 485 pp. Primary Advisors: Joseph W. Esherick and Paul G. Pickowicz. Last autumn, the 60th anniversary … Continue reading

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Stretching the Skin of the Nation: Chinese Intellectuals, the State, and the Frontiers in the Nanjing Decade (1927-1937) (Author: Zhihong Chen | Reviewer: James Leibold)

Stretching the Skin of the Nation: Chinese Intellectuals, the State, and the Frontiers in the Nanjing Decade (1927-1937). By Zhihong Chen. University of Oregon, 2008. 304 pp. Primary Advisor: Bryna Goodman. In Stretching the Skin of the Nation, Zhihong Chen … Continue reading

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Gu Hongming and the Re-invention of Chinese Civilization (Author: Chunmei Du | Reviewer: Hyungju Hur)

Gu Hongming and the Re-invention of Chinese Civilization. By CHUNMEI DU. Princeton University, 2009. 293 pp. Primary Advisor: Benjamin Elman. This dissertation illuminates the life and thought of Gu Hongming (辜鸿铭 1857-1928), a cosmopolitan scholar of the late Qing and … Continue reading

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Off to a Truly Exciting Start

Thank you to everyone for making the first few days of CHDR a success. We are delighted to report that, in the first 48 hours alone, the inaugural reviews were read by hundreds of scholars. The second pair of reviews … Continue reading

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Law and Sensibility of Empire in the Making of Modern China, 1750-1900 (Author: Li Chen | Reviewer: David Luesink)

Law and Sensibility of Empire in the Making of Modern China, 1750-1900. By LI CHEN. Columbia University, 2009. 622 pp. Primary Advisor: Madeleine Zelin. Li Chen’s dissertation title is too modest. The dissertation goes a long way toward demonstrating not … Continue reading

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Crossing the Urban-Rural Divide in Twentieth Century China (Author: Jeremy Brown | Reviewer: Christopher Leighton)

Crossing the Urban-Rural Divide in Twentieth Century China. By Jeremy Brown. University of California, San Diego, 2008. 386 pp. Primary Advisors: Joseph W. Esherick, Paul G. Pickowicz In this well-written and extensively documented dissertation, Jeremy Brown tackles the daunting and … Continue reading

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Next on CHDR: Crossing the Urban-Rural Divide in Twentieth-Century China (Author: Jeremy Brown | Reviewer: Christopher Leighton)

Chinese History Dissertation Reviews will soon feature Christopher Leighton’s review of Jeremy Brown’s dissertation, “Crossing the Urban-Rural Divide in Twentieth-Century China.” Please stay tuned.  

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Next on CHDR: Law and Sensibility of Empire in the Making of Modern China, 1750-1900 (Author: Li Chen | Reviewer: David Luesink)

Chinese History Dissertation Reviews will soon feature David Luesink’s review of Li Chen’s dissertation, “Law and Sensibility of Empire in the Making of Modern China, 1750-1900.” Please stay tuned.

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Coming November 2010

Set to go live on November 1, 2010, Chinese History Dissertation Reviews is a new site that features overviews of recently defended, unpublished doctoral dissertations in the field of Chinese history. Our goal is to offer readers a glimpse of … Continue reading

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