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Republican Beijing: The City and Its Histories

Madeleine YueDong and Reginald E. Zelnik


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. This book offers a 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 circul ... More

Keywords: contemporary China, recycling, nostalgia, imperial capital, Republican city, Chinese modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520230507
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230507.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Madeleine YueDong, author

Reginald E. Zelnik, editor

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