1st Edition

Colonialism, China and the Chinese Amidst Empires

Edited By Peter Monteath, Matthew Fitzpatrick Copyright 2020
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores the place of China and the Chinese during the age of imperialism. Focusing not only on the state but also on the vitality of Chinese culture and the Chinese diaspora, it examines the seeming contradictions of a period in which China came under immense pressure from imperial expansion while remaining a major political, cultural and demographic force in its own right. Where histories of China commonly highlight episodes of conflict and subjugation in China’s relations with the West, the contributions to this volume explore the complex spaces where empires and their peoples did not merely collide but also became entangled.


    List of Contributors

    1. Matthew P. Fitzpatrick and Peter Monteath, Amidst Empires: Colonialism, China and the Chinese

    Imperial Exchanges

    1. Clemens Büttner, Chinese Dreams of National Strength and Global Belonging: "Iron and Blood" and the Forces of Evolution, 1895-1918

    2. Tom Neuhaus: "Learning to Walk": Qing Constitutional Reform and Britain’s Imperial Pedagogy, 1901-1911

    3. Mei-fen Kuo and John Fitzgerald, Colonial Pathways to International Education: Chinese Students in White Australia in the 1920s

    4. Yiyan Wang, The Legacies of European Imperialism: Modern Art for Modern China

    Diasporic Entanglements

    1. Kris Alexanderson, Anti-Colonial Boycotts and Diasporic Activism Linking Interwar China and Colonial Indonesia: The Xiao Case

    2. Bernard Z. Keo, Between Empire and Nation(s): The Peranakan Chinese of the Straits Settlements, 1890-1948

    3. Paul Macgregor, Lowe Kong Meng and the Fluidity of 19th Century Geopolitical Affinity

    Modes of Alterity

    1. Yixu Lu, Constructing Chinese Alterity for Germany’s Youth (1897-1902)

    2. Liu Wenming, Who are the Barbarians? The Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895 in the Discourse of Civilization

    3. Tamara Cooper, Missionaries and Chinese Women: The Representation and Exploitation of Vulnerability in British Missionary Writing

    4. Peter Monteath, Peripheries of Empire: G. E. Morrison’s An Australian in China



    Matthew P. Fitzpatrick is Professor of International History at Flinders University in Adelaide. His research is in the field of German and European history, particularly the history of European imperialism, German liberalism and nationalism. He is also interested in the comparative history of empires, and intellectual history. He is a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and is working on the Australian Research Council-funded project "Monarchy, Democracy and Empire."

    Peter Monteath was born in Brisbane and educated in Queensland and in Germany. He has taught previously at The University of Queensland, Griffith University, Deakin University, The University of Western Australia and The University of Adelaide. He has also been Adjunct Professor at The University of St. Louis Missouri and the Technical University of Berlin, where he was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. His latest book, Captured Lives (2018), is a study of internment in Australia in both World Wars.