THE SAGA OF CHINESE HIGHER EDUCATION FROM THE TONGZHI RESTORATION TO TIANANMEN SQUARE:
Revolution and Reform

Author: Hartnett, Richard
Year:1998
Pages:612
ISBN:0-7734-8287-3
978-0-7734-8287-6
Price:339.95
Traces the oscillations between external and internal influence and between continuity and disjuncture in Chinese higher education from beginnings of filtered appropriations from western technology and science in the middle of the 19th century to the continuing borrowing from America and Europe during the Deng Xiaoping era. Denouncing the common error of seeing China as nothing but a recipient and respondent to external forces

Reviews

"This book is an ambitious attempt to provide a sweeping survey of developments in Chinese higher education from the Self-Strengthening Movement in the 1860s to the modernization efforts of the Deng Xiaoping era in the late 1980s and early 1990s. . . . The author examines such wide-ranging issues as educational policies, institution building, curriculum reforms, enrollment patterns, and student movements. . . . synthesizes existing scholarship on the subject and succeeds in presenting within a chronological framework the main trends of development. The often stimulating discussion is enhanced by dozens of tables and figures, which provide a wealth of data on various aspects of the evolution of the system of higher education." - China Review International

"Part encyclopedia, part textbook, The Saga of Chinese Higher Education is useful as a comprehensive source&.it has some significant strengths. A reference that is readable as well as extensive is not without considerable value, and it is for these qualities that the work can be appreciated" - China Information

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Tables and Figures, Preface, Abbreviations
1. The Origins and Development of Modern Chinese Higher Education, 1861-1911: Traditional Chinese Higher Education, Confucian Foundations, Opening to the West
2. The Birth of the New Republic and the May Fourth Movement 1912-1927
3. Chinese Universities Under the Nationalists: The Nanjing Decade, 1927-1937
4. The Chinese University During Exodus and Civil War
5. Chinese Higher Education in the New Order: the Pragmatic Imperative and Rejection of the Republican Heritage; The Socialist Egalitarian Ideal and the Great Leap Forward
6. The Cultural Revolution
7. The Open Door Period: Deng's Journey to the West and the Modernization Drive; The Road to Tiananmen; the Story Erupts - the Spring Uprising of 1989
Epilogue: The Predicament of Modernization and the Path Ahead