Eminent Chinese of the Qing Period (1644-1911/2) is a revised edition of the 1943 standard reference work edited by Arthur Hummel, including more than 800 Qing dynasty individuals, converted to pinyin and updated for modern users. The introduction by Professor Pamela K. Crossle explains the history of this publication and its continuing relevance.
Eminent Chinese of the Qing Period: 1644-1911/2
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Eminent Chinese of the Qing Period (1644-1911/2) is a standard reference used by scholars, meticulously compiled and unique in its scope. This much-loved work was edited by Arthur Hummel, produced under the auspices of the Library of Congress, and published by the US Government Printing Office during World War II. Its contributors comprise the founders of the profession of Chinese history research and its teaching in the Unites States, including John King Fairbank, Têng Ssû-yü, L. Carrington Goodrich, Fêng Chia-shêng, Knight Biggerstaff, Nancy Lee Swann, and the two driving research forces Fang Chao-ying and Tu Lien-chê. The 2016 Berkshire edition contains the original 800 biographical sketches as well as its extensive front and back matter. The Wade-Giles transliteration has been converted to modern pinyin and the book includes a pinyin / Wade-Giles conversion table and an up-to-date bibliography. The introduction by Professor Pamela K. Crossley, who digitized part of the original publication, Explains the historical context of this publication as well as its continuing importance for modern readers and researchers.
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James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
Knowledgeably edited by Arthur W. Hummel, “Eminent Chinese of the Qing Period 1644-1911/2” is a standard reference used by scholars because it is meticulously compiled and unique in its scope. This respected and scholarly history was produced under the auspices of the US Library of Congress and published by the United States Government Printing Office during World War II. Now in a new 2018 Berkshire edition, “”Eminent Chinese of the Qing Period 1644-1911/2” features the original text of 800 biographical sketches as well as a preface by Hu Shih, a scholar who had been China’s ambassador to the United States, together with new material for 21st-century readers. While an essential, core addition to community, college, and university library Chinese History collections and supplemental studies lists, it should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that the two volume “Eminent Chinese of the Qing Period 1644-1911/2” is also available in a paperback edition (9781614728504, $120.00) and in a digital book format (9781614728498).