The Republican Era of China lasted from 1912 to 1949, and covered the brief period between the end of the Qing dynasty and the establishment of the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China. It was a time characterized by rapid societal changes, internal political struggles, and outside foreign threats threats.
EAS’s Chinese collection has an extensive collection of Republican Era resources.
Below are some selected pieces of our Republican Era materials:
Note: All materials listed are in Chinese. For descriptions in Chinese, please visit this link.
The Jing Shi Guan Xi includes approximately 100 articles printed during the Republican period, focusing on history and the study of Confucianism. The Jing Shi Guan Xi examines the relationship between the study of Confucianism and history: Confucianism was an important part of governors’ political philosophies, while the study of history was thought to give context to the governing a country.
The book has excerpts from 600 academic articles from Dong fang za zhi, a comprehensive Republican Period publication. It is categorized into 9 different disciplines: philosophy, religious studies, ethnology, philology, linguistics, literature and arts, history, archaeology, and geography. Each category appears as published in chronological order.
There is a detailed table of contents in the beginning of the book to help researchers and promote further investigation into Dong fang za zhi late Qing Dynasty society, and the Republican Period in general. This is a valuable resource for any academics interested in the time period.
This book belongs to one of the largest series, ‘Republic of China Periodicals Data Classification Compilation,’ published by Beijing Library Press. The periodicals include approximately 100 articles about Shan ben shu ti ji which discusses prefaces, postscripts, bibliography, collation and versions. The book includes masterpieces by influential authors in the field, including Chengbi Pan, Zhenduo Zheng, Zengxiang Fu, and Yousan Wang.
The Republican period was marked by dramatic shifts in politics, economics, and cultures, characterized by philosophical debates between new and old, eastern and western, and radicalism and conservatism. These new social trends brought a revolution of new democracy. This book is a collection of historical documents covering all major events regarding politics, economics, the military, culture, education, and diplomacy from 1919 to 1926. The newspapers featured are Shen Bao and Minguo ri bao.
As a literary critic and activist, Feng Hu was the main editor of six literary publications: Mu xie wen cong, Hai yan, Gong zuo yu xue xi cong kan, Qi yue, Wen xue bao, Xi wang.
These publications united and influenced many young writers, who later became the famous Qi yue school of Modern Chinese Literature. At the same time, the distinctive and creative literary art theory of Feng Hu was developed.
These journals are essential materials for studying Feng Hu, his literary art theory, and Qi yue school. It is difficult for researchers to gather these materials, much less to have a complete collection. The six literary publications edited by Feng Hu can be found in the collection, printed in their original appearances. An index was created for the convenience of the readers to look up certain people or article titles.
This book is the literary art chapter of Kang zhan wen Xian lei bian. It collected approximately 30 pieces of literature from 1937 to 1948. The content includes cultural works, cultural movements, literary art theories, plays, arts, movies, poems, entertainments, etc.
The authors of these works were experts with profound insights in their fields. Some of the writers include Moruo Guo, Han Tian, Nianqu Liu, Fenf Pu, Dakun Wu, and Jialun Luo. The contents are anti-war centered. They include detailed theoretical analysis and general military knowledge, as well as practical plans and life guide to youth during war.
These theories provided guidance and elevated the public’s political knowledge while critiquing the cultural work between the urban and rural areas. On the other hand, it ensured people to have correct understandings on the theories and strengthen their beliefs during war.
The book contains the historical population registration data during the Republican Period. The main content includes the provincial census conducted by the Ministry of the Interior. It also contains important information on census register law, household administrative system, and statistics on agricultural population.
For information in English about the fascinating Republican period of China, please check out some of OSUL’s offerings: