Spring Forum 2014: China, 1854 to the Present - Radical Transformations as Seen in Reynolds’s New Book, East Meets East

Steam Locomotive Railway at Yokohama Seaside (横浜海岸鉄道蒸気車図
Yokohama Kaigan Tetsudo Jokisha Zu
), drawn by Utagawa Hiroshige III (三代歌川広重), 1874.

Douglas R. Reynolds’s new book - after forty years of research starting with Carol Reynolds’s doctoral dissertation (Columbia, 1986) - has a long and layered title, East Meets East, Chinese Discover the Modern World in Japan, 1854-1898: A Window on the Intellectual and Social Transformation of Modern China (March 2014). At USCPFA’s Spring Forum, Doug will talk about China in four parts: 1) 1854: why 1854? 2) 1868-98: Chinese discover a modern world in Japan – filled with surprises; 3) intellectual and social changes inside China before 1898 – more surprises; and, finally, 4) China today – more surprises yet.

Douglas Reynolds (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1976) is professor of Chinese and Japanese History at Georgia State University, where he has taught since 1980. He is author of China, 1898-1912: The Xinzheng Revolution and Japan (1993), and has lived in China, Taiwan, and Japan for some twenty years. He has been a member of USCPFA since 1974-75.

“Reminiscent of Teng and Fairbank’s classic China’s Response to the West, East Meets East introduces the reader to first-hand accounts of Japan up to the Sino-Japanese War by contemporary Chinese diplomats and other visitors. As such, it will be of interest to students in at least the three fields of Sino-Japanese relations, China’s Self-Strengthening Movement (its achievements and shortcomings), and, not least, the changing social composition of the Chinese scholar-official elite as exemplified by the authors of these accounts. The analysis is detailed, almost encyclopedic, and firmly rooted in current Chinese and Japanese scholarship.”
— Edward Rhoads 路康樂 Emeritus Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Doug Reynolds, Yuntai Mountain Park
( 云台山), Henan ( 河南),

Sunday, May 18, 2014 4:30PM
Agnes Scott College, Teasley Lecture Hall
 M. Bullock Science Center, E. Dougherty St.
Decatur, GA, 30030
Look for the US-China Special Event Signs on Campus. Parking is available off Dougherty St.
For more information email shkkse@yahoo.com or call 770.949.5112 

See the book cover details and come prepared! Purchase the book at this link.