Urban Life in China, 15th-20th centuries

Communities, Institutions, Representations

Luca Gabbiani, Lillian M. Li, Jen-Shu Wu, Wai-yee Li, Lucie Olivová, Hui-Min Lai, JU Xi, Jerôme Bourgon, Xavier Paulès, Christian LAMOUROUX, Siyen Fei, Joanna Waley-Cohen

Collection : Études thématiques

Collection's number: 27

Editor: Gabbiani (Luca)

Edition: EFEO

Publication date: 2016

Status : Available


ISBN-13 : 9782855391472

ISSN : 1269-8067

Width : 18.5 cm

Height : 27.5 cm

Weight : 0,88 kg

Number of pages : 360

Distributor : EFEO Diffusion

Geography : China

Language : English

Place : Paris

Support : Papier

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China can boast of a long and time-honoured urban tradition, comparable to its Western counterpart. In an effort better to provide insights on the latest developments in the field of urban history in China, this volume gathers together twelve essays by renowned scholars of Chinese history. Each author offers an original perspective on city life in China and on its specificities, based on sources seldom previously tapped into to shed light on the urban phenomenon. The topics addressed in the volume include urban sociability, the role of religion in the economic life of cities, the representation and the visualization of urban space, the early rise of a city-centred consumer society, urban government in its institutional and legal dimensions, and the link between city, history and memory. In order to bridge the traditional divide between pre-modern and modern China, the essays gathered here span a period of five centuries, from the Ming dynasty to the early years of the People’s Republic. This “longue durée” standpoint provides an opportunity to observe changes and evolutions in time and to anchor them in the specific context of China’s multifaceted and intermittently tumultuous path towards modern times.

Table of contents


* Connecting Urban Histories East and West, Luca GABBIANI

I. Cities as Space
* A Late Ming Sociology of Urban Space, Siyen FEI
* Building and Visualizing Cities: China, Europe, and the Islamic World, 1400-1800, Lillian M. LI
II. Urban Consumer Culture
* Advertising Forms and Urban Consumer Culture in Early Modern China, WU Jen-shu
* Gastronomy and Consumption in Eighteenth-Century China, Joanna WALEY-COHEN
III. Cities “Envisioned”
* Gender, Memory, and Historical Judgment in Early Qing Yangzhou, Wai-yee LI
* The Notion of Urban Culture in the High Qing: Itinerary and Topics in Yangzhou huafang lu, Lucie OLIVOVÁ
IV. Religion in the City
* Temple Fairs in Beijing’s Tibetan Buddhist Temples during the Qing Dynasty, LAI Hui-Min
* Temple Worship and Guilds in old Peking:  A Case Study of Xisi’s Zhenwu Temple and its Associations, 1779-1952, JU Xi
V. Cities Administered
* Death Penalty and Prison Life in Late Qing Beijing: Some Reflections on Comparative Historiography, Methods and Resources, Jérôme BOURGON
* The “Municipal Turn” in Xinzheng China: Revolution or Continuity? The Evidence from Beijing, Luca GABBIANI
VI. Urban Forms of Sociability
* A Comparison between two Places of Sociability in the Late Qing and Republican Periods: Opium Houses and Gambling Dens in Canton, Xavier PAULÈS
* The Shops of Baochansi Street and their Pubao: Social and Business Interactions in Beijing’s Xisi Ward (1952-1954), Christian LAMOUROUX

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