“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
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Yuan Shikai: A Reappraisal

Posted: February 27th, 2019 | No Comments »

I missed Patrick Fuliang Shan’s new study of Yuan Shikai when it came out last year – better late than never – well worth a read and a nice bit of colourisation on the cover! (see my post yesterday)….

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.

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