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GEC3104 Tradition and Modernity: Cities in Chinese History (from 16th Century): Home

Course Description

This course will introduce the basic knowledge of city development in China, 16-20th century.

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中國城市發展史論集

本書從宏觀的角度、在經濟層面上探討中國城市的曲折發展與特殊問題。趙岡指出中國的城市發展經歷了三個階段。第壹階段從先秦到南宋,城市人口增加並呈現向大都市集中的趨勢。第二階段從南宋到19世紀中葉,城市人口比重降落,且呈現城市人口向農村靠攏的趨勢,形成江南地區的眾多市鎮。第三階段從19世紀中葉五口通商以後,現代化的工業逐漸興起,人口向沿海商埠集中,城市人口比重快速回升,翻開了中國城市現代化的篇章。

Shanghai Modern: The Flowering of a New Urban Culture in China 1930-1945

This book represents the city of Shanghai in the 1930s as a cultural matrix of Chinese modernity. Part One constructs an urban cultural context of Shanghai Modern based on factual description together with Lee’s own narration from the perspective of cultural production- print culture, cinema, and literary journals. Part Two discusses literary texts that represent modern literary imagination of Shanghai. Selected writers includes, Shi Zhecun, Liu Na'ou, and Mu Shiying, Shao Xunmei, Ye Lingfeng, and Eileen Chang. Part Three provides some general reflections and arguments on the social conditions of the Shanghai Modern. In this part, Lee also invokes the parallels between Hong Kong and Shanghai.

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