Modern China: A Bibliographical Guide to Chinese Works, 1898-1937

Modern China: A Bibliographical Guide to Chinese Works, 1898-1937

Modern China: A Bibliographical Guide to Chinese Works, 1898-1937

Modern China: A Bibliographical Guide to Chinese Works, 1898-1937

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One of the anomalies of American sinology is the fact that the librarians who collect the books have done so much better a job than the historians who use them. During the last two decades the Harvard-Yenching Institute has built up at Harvard, aided by the careful management of its Librarian, Dr. A. Kaiming Ch'iu , one of the best selected and organized collections of Chinese books in existence. This has been done in spite of the fact that the ratio of users for many years was as low as one serious research worker to each 20,000 volumes.

One could hardly remain in proximity to this remarkable collection without becoming frankly curious as to the scope and nature of its offerings on Modern China. This present volume has been put together during the last three years by the simple expedient of pulling books off the shelves and looking at them, a procedure which has led us to many exciting discoveries and to a further unhappy realization of the incredible backwardness of Western knowledge of the East as compared with knowledge of the West.

The first draft of this bibliography was produced in mimeographed form as a Bibliographical Guide to Modern China, Works and Documents in Chinese, (Vol. 1, 74 pp., September 1947; Vol. 2, 107 pp., April 1948; and Vol. 3, 194 pp., December 1948, mimeographed for private distribution by the Committee on International and Regional Studies, Harvard University). It was compiled to facilitate the research of students in the Regional Studies program on China inaugurated at Harvard after the war, a program which attempts to bring to bear upon China's contemporary problems the methods and the learning of the relevant disciplines, especially those of the social sciences. One immediate practical purpose of this program is to develop the student's ability to use Chinese- language materials and so to study, closer to their source, the multifarious and pressing problems of Chinese government, economics, history, and social development in general. This guide has therefore been compiled specifically for use in the advanced seminar in Regional Studies.

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