Category Archives: Archival Collections

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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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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Sex, Eugenics, Aesthetics, Utopia in the Life and Work of Zhang Jingsheng (1888-1970). By LEON ANTONIO ROCHA. (Review by David Luesink)

Sex, Eugenics, Aesthetics, Utopia in the Life and Work of Zhang Jingsheng (1888-1970). By LEON ANTONIO ROCHA. Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, 2010. 327 pp. Supervisors: John Forrester and Susan Daruvala. In 1927, a popular … Continue reading

Posted in 2010, Cambridge University, China, East Asia, Fields, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Intellectual History, John Forrester, KMT, Novels and short stories, Periodicals, Susan Daruvala, Themes and Subfields, Uncategorized, Year of Defense | 1 Comment

The Householder Elite: Buddhist Activism in Shanghai, 1920-1956. By JAMES BROOKS JESSUP. (Review by Erik J. Hammerstrom)

The Householder Elite: Buddhist Activism in Shanghai, 1920-1956. By JAMES BROOKS JESSUP. University of California, Berkeley, 2010. 95 pp. (single-spaced) Primary Advisor: Wen-hsin Yeh. This dissertation studies the role that Shanghai’s elites played in constructing a new lay Buddhist identity … Continue reading

Posted in 2010, China, East Asia, Fields, History of Buddhism, Japan, KMT, Nationalism, Periodicals, Religious History, Shanghai Municipal Archives, University of California Berkeley, Yeh, Wen-hsin | Leave a comment

Buddhists Discuss Science in Modern China (1895-1949). By ERIK J HAMMERSTROM. (Review by Benjamin Brose)

Buddhists Discuss Science in Modern China (1895-1949). By ERIK J HAMMERSTROM. Indiana University, 2010. 506 pp. Advisor: Aaron Stalnaker. (Review by Benjamin Brose). Buddhists Discuss Science in Modern China is an innovative and fascinating exploration of the many ways Chinese … Continue reading

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Buddhist Empires: Saṃgha-State Relations in Tenth-Century China. By BENJAMIN BROSE (Review by Nicolas Tackett)

Buddhist Empires: Saṃgha-State Relations in Tenth-Century China. By BENJAMIN BROSE . Stanford University, 2009. 404 pp. Primary Advisor: Carl Bielefeldt. Benjamin Brose’s dissertation is path-breaking in producing a history of Buddhism during the pivotal tenth century. Brose’s temporal focus is … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, China, East Asia, History of Buddhism, Jingde era Record of the Transmission of the Lamp, Patriarch's Hall Collection, Religious History, Song Biographies of Eminent Monks, Song Dynasty, Stanford University, Tang Dynasty | Leave a comment