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Republican Beijing

The City and Its Histories
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ISBN-13:
9780520927636
Seiten:
403
Autor:
Madeleine Yue Dong
Serie:
8, Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes
eBook Typ:
PDF
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Old Beijing has become a subject of growing fascination in contemporary China since the 1980s. While physical remnants from the past are being bulldozed every day to make space for glass-walled skyscrapers and towering apartment buildings, nostalgia for the old city is booming. Madeleine Yue Dong offers the first comprehensive history of Republican Beijing, examining how the capital acquired its identity as a consummately "traditional" Chinese city.



For residents of Beijing, the heart of the city lay in the labor-intensive activities of "recycling," a primary mode of material and cultural production and circulation that came to characterize Republican Beijing. An omnipresent process of recycling and re-use unified Beijing's fragmented and stratified markets into one circulation system. These material practices evoked an air of nostalgia that permeated daily life. Paradoxically, the "old Beijing" toward which this nostalgia was directed was not the imperial capital of the past, but the living Republican city. Such nostalgia toward the present, the author argues, was not an empty sentiment, but an essential characteristic of Chinese modernity.
Old Beijing has become a subject of growing fascination in contemporary China since the 1980s. While physical remnants from the past are being bulldozed every day to make space for glass-walled skyscrapers and towering apartment buildings, nostalgia for the old city is booming. Madeleine Yue Dong offers the first comprehensive history of Republican Beijing, examining how the capital acquired its identity as a consummately "traditional" Chinese city.


For residents of Beijing, the heart of the city lay in the labor-intensive activities of "recycling," a primary mode of material and cultural production and circulation that came to characterize Republican Beijing. An omnipresent process of recycling and re-use unified Beijing's fragmented and stratified markets into one circulation system. These material practices evoked an air of nostalgia that permeated daily life. Paradoxically, the "old Beijing" toward which this nostalgia was directed was not the imperial capital of the past, but the living Republican city. Such nostalgia toward the present, the author argues, was not an empty sentiment, but an essential characteristic of Chinese modernity.
List of Illustrations

Foreword

Preface

Introduction



PART I. THE CITY OF PLANNERS

Chapter 1. From Imperial Capital to Republican City

Chapter 2. Power: The City and Its People

Chapter 3. Tradition: The City and the Nation



PART II. THE CITY OF EXPERIENCE

Chapter 4. Production: Beijing in a New Economic System

Chapter 5. Consumption: Spatial and Temporal Hierarchies

Chapter 6. Recycling: The Tianqiao District



PART III. THE LETTERED CITY

Chapter 7. Sociology: Examining Urban Ills

Chapter 8. History: Recording Old Beijing

Chapter 9. Literature: Writing New Beijing



Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index