A School in Every Village

Educational Reform in a Northeast China County, 1904-31

Elizabeth R. VanderVen

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  • Published: April 2013
  • Subject Listing: Asian Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 240 pp., 2 maps, notes, bibliog., index, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: U.S. rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
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In the early 1900s, the Qing dynasty implemented a nationwide school system to shore up its power. Although the Communists, contemporary observers, and more recent scholarship have all depicted rural society as feudal and backward and these educational reforms a failure, Elizabeth VanderVen draws on untapped archival materials to show that villagers and local officials capably integrated foreign ideas and models into a system that was at once traditional and modern, Chinese and Western. Her portrait of education reform both challenges received notions about the modernity-tradition binary in Chinese history, and addresses topics central to debates on modern China, including state making and the impact of global ideas on local society.

Elizabeth R. VanderVen is an historian of modern and late imperial China. She was on the faculty of the History Department at Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey.