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Wuhan before the War

STEPHEN R. MacKINNON

in Wuhan, 1938

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254459
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934603 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520254459.003.0002
Wuhan before the War

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This chapter describes the physical setting of prewar Wuhan and its political role in the history of the Chinese Republic. The metropolis now called Wuhan dominated the economic and political life of the central Yangzi River region for well over a millennium. Twentieth-century Wuhan's economic center was the bustling port of Hankou, whose pursuit of Western-style commercial and cultural modernity rose to a new level after it became a railroad terminus early in the century. Another distinguishing feature of Wuhan's modern history was the recurrent physical destruction and rebuilding that its inhabitants came to expect.

Keywords: prewar Wuhan; Chinese Republic; Yangzi River; cultural modernity; Hankou

Chapter.  4961 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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