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Teachers’ Schools and the Making of the Modern Chinese Nation-State, 1897-1937

During the educational and social transformations in politically tumultuous early twentieth-century China, Chinese teacher's schools played a critical role. They were a force in the changes that swept Chinese society, bridging Chinese and Western ideals, empowering women, and contributing to rural modernization. This innovative account examines the social and political aspects and impacts of these schools, their role in a society in transistion, and their production of grassroots forces that lead to the Communist Revolution.

Table of Contents


1 The Imperial School System and Education Reform in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century: A Historical Review

2 Education and Society in Transition: The Rise of Teachers’ Schools, 1897-1911

3 Pursuing Modernization in Trying Times: Teachers’ Schools from 1912-22

4 Modernity and the Village: The Emergence of Village Teachers’ Schools, 1922-30

5 Nationalizing the Local: Teachers’ Schools in Rural Reconstruction, 1930-37

6 Transforming the Revolution: Social and Political Aspects of Teachers’ Schools, 1930-37





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