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China's Universities, 1895-1995

A Century of Cultural Conflict, 1st Edition

By Ruth Hayhoe


323 pages

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This reissue (1996) provides an in-depth analysis of the development of the Chinese university during the twentieth century – a period of momentous social, economic, cultural and political change. It brings together reflections on the Chinese university and its role in the two great experiments of modern China: Nationalist efforts to create a modern state as part of capitalist modernisation, and the Communist project of socialist construction under Soviet tutelage. In addition to these two frames of discourse, other models and patterns are examined: for instance, the persistence of cultural patterns, or Maoist revolutionary thought.


"Key resource for understanding the development of Chinese higher education in the 20th century….Any analysis of Chinese higher education must take into account the work of Ruth Hayhoe. Highly recommended for students, faculty and professionals."


"China's Universities, 1895-1995 lays a foundation on which much future research can be based. It presents a thoroughness and quality for other scholars to emulate."

-Comparative Education Review

"The book provides a comprehensive picture of the structure of the Chinese higher education system. Docotral students in comparative education, and the faculty members would be well advised to read this book in the early stages of developing research topics realated to Chinese higher education."

-China Quarterly

"Ruth Hayhoe is a treasure; everyone interested in modern China, comparative education, or the sociology of knowledge needs to follow her publications."

-East West Education

Table of Contents

1. Concepts and Frameworks for Telling the Story 2. The Nationalist Story, 1911-1949 3. The Socialist Story, 1949-1978 4. The Story of the Reform Decade, 1978-1990 5. Perspectives from the Central South Region 6. Perspectives from the Northwest Region 7. Mass Higher Education and the Chinese University

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Education in Asia

This set of reissued books examines education in Asia from a variety of different angles. From the westernisation of early twentieth century Chinese education, to the impact of the Communist revolution, to education and society in Korea, to Asian women’s experiences of education – this set collects some key texts by a range of original thinkers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies