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China's hidden century : 1796-1912

Title
China's hidden century : 1796-1912 / edited by Jessica Harrison-Hall and Julia Lovell.
ISBN
9780295751856
0295751851
Publication
Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2023.
Copyright Notice Date
©2023
Physical Description
336 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Notes
Published to accompany an exhibition at the British Museum, London, May 18 - October 8, 2023.
Summary
Cultural creativity in China between 1796 and 1912 demonstrated extraordinary resilience in a time of warfare, land shortages, famine and uprisings. Innovation can be seen in material culture (including print, painting, calligraphy, textiles, fashion, jewellery, ceramics, lacquer, glass, arms and armour, rugs, silver, money and photography) during a century in which China's art, literature, crafts and technology faced unprecedented exposure to global influences. 1796 ' the official end of the reign of the Qianlong emperor ' is viewed as the end of the 'high Qing' and the start of a period of protracted crisis. In 1912, the last emperor, Puyi, abdicated after the revolution of 1911, bringing to an end some 2,000 years of dynastic rule and making way for the republic. Until recently the 19th century in China has been defined as an era of cultural stagnation. Built on new research, this book sets out a fresh understanding of this important era and creates a detailed visual account of responses to war, technology, urbanisation, political transformations and external influences. The narratives of each chapter are brought to life and individualised through illustrated biographical accounts that highlight the diversity of voices and experiences contributing to this fascinating, turbulent period in Chinese history. Exhibition: British Museum, London, UK (18.05-08.10.2023).
Other formats
Simultaneously published in hardcover by the British Museum in 2023.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
October 04, 2023
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-326) and index
Contents
Director's foreword
Introduction. China's long 19th century / Julia Lovell
1. The court / Mei Mei Rado
2. The military / Stephen R. Platt
3. Elite art / Chia-ling Yang
4. Vernacular culture / Jessica Harrison-Hall
5. Global Qing / Anne Gerritsen
6. Reform to revolution / Jeffrey Wasserstrom
Notes
Bibliography
Picture credits
Lenders
Acknowledgements
Index.
Genre/Form
History.
Exhibition catalogs.
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