Yuan Shikai

A Reappraisal

Patrick Fuliang Shan

Yuan Shikai

Patrick Fuliang Shan

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

332 pages
Cloth $54.95 ISBN: 9780774837781 Published September 2018 For sale in USA only
Yuan Shikai (1859–1916) has been both hailed as China’s George Washington for his role in the country’s transition from empire to republic and condemned as a counter-revolutionary. Yuan Shikai: A Reappraisal sheds new light on the controversial history of this talented administrator and modernizer who endeavoured to establish a new dynasty while serving as the first president of the republic, eventually declaring himself emperor. Drawing on untapped primary sources and recent scholarship, Patrick Fuliang Shan offers a lucid, comprehensive, and critical new interpretation of Yuan’s part in shaping modern China.


1 An Elite Clan

2 The Early Years

3 Imperial Commissioner in Korea

4 Training the First Modern Army

5 The Hundred Days

6 Governor of Shandong

7 Governor-General of Zhili and Imperial Minister

8 Dismissal and Reclusion

9 The 1911 Revolution

10 Provisional President

11 President

12 “Emperor”


Notes; Bibliography; Glossary; Index

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