"Historian Hanchao Lu provides basic contextual information about each image, and together they offer rich detail on Chinese life and death in the years before and after 1911 . . . [The book] provides a thought-provoking entrée to this period in Chinese history."
"The scenes Stafford recorded as he travelled between Wuhan and Shanghai are indispensable to the study of the 1911 Revolution . . ."
-Sheila Corr, HistoryToday, September 2011
"Other people might have been walking around taking photos during the heady early days of the Revolution, but few of their photographs have surfaced and no assemblage of those photos is as comprehensive or important as Stafford's.... This is no mere coffee-table book but one that makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the 1911 revolution: a visual complement to the written record."
-Hong Kong Economic Journal
"Offers a dramatic visual narrative of the Wuchang and Shanghai uprisings in late 1911 that is in turn framed-with portraits such as that of the empress dowager as well as a child pauper-within a panoramic presentation of the many walks of Chinese society out in the public at the beginning of the last century. . . a great addition to the undergraduate syllabus on the birth of the Chinese Republic."
"Seeks to enhance our understanding of the political and social background of the Republican Revolution through a visual record of key aspects of Chinese everyday life from 1905, which saw the abolition of the civil service examinations, to 1916, which witnessed the death of the first Republican President Yuan Shikai."
-The Chinese Historical Review