Politics and Development of Contemporary China

The Habitable City in China

Urban History in the Twentieth Century

Editors: Lincoln, Toby, Tao, Xu (Eds.)

  • Examines the urban history of China, and catalysts of China's transformation into the world's newest urban society during times of instability
  • Focuses on cities as providing life's neccesities, and then becoming places in which quality of life can be inmproved
  • Explores and compares the design of Chinese cities, aiming to be ideal spaces
  • Presents solutions to problems affecting Chinese cities today
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This book offers a new perspective on Chinese urban history by exploring cities as habitable spaces. China, the world’s most populous nation, is now its newest urban society, and the pace of this unprecedented historical transformation has increased in recent decades. The contributors to this book conceptualise cities as first providing the necessities of life, and then becoming places in which the quality of life can be improved. They focus on how cities have been made secure during times of instability, how their inhabitants have consumed everything from the simplest of foods to the most expensive luxuries, and how they have been planned as ideal spaces. Drawing examples from across the country, this book offers comparisons between different cities, highlights continuities across time and space—and in doing so may provide solutions to some of the problems that continue to affect Chinese cities today.

About the authors

Toby Lincoln is Lecturer in Modern Chinese Urban History at the Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester, UK. He is a historian of urbanization in China, the history of urban planning in the twentieth century, and the interaction between war and the city. His most recent publication is Urbanizing China in War and Peace: the Case of Wuxi County (2015).

Xu Tao is Assistant Professor at the Institute of History in the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, China. His research focuses on mobility and transport in the context of urban history and the study of politics in China. He has published two monographs and over twenty articles in Chinese and English, including A History of the Bicycle and Modern China (自行车与近代中国, 2015).

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Habitable City in Chinese History

    Lincoln, Toby (et al.)

    Pages 1-21

  • The Chinese Corpsmen in the Shanghai Volunteer Corps

    Tao, Xu

    Pages 23-41

  • Kunming Dreaming: Hope, Change, and War in the Autobiographies of Youth in China’s Southwest

    Moore, Aaron William

    Pages 43-70

  • Securing the City, Securing the Nation: Militarization and Urban Police Work in Dalian, 1945–1953

    Hess, Christian A.

    Pages 71-90

  • To See and Be Seen: Horse Racing in Shanghai, 1848–1945

    Chang, Ning Jennifer

    Pages 91-111

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Hardcover $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-55470-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Habitable City in China
Book Subtitle
Urban History in the Twentieth Century
Editors
  • Toby Lincoln
  • Xu Tao
Series Title
Politics and Development of Contemporary China
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55471-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55471-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55470-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 231
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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