Peking University and the Origins of Higher Education in China

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9781936940370: Peking University and the Origins of Higher Education in China

Renowned as one of the most distinguished universities in the world, Peking University (PKU or, colloquially, "Beida") has been at the forefront of higher education in China since its inception. Its roots arguably date to the origin of Chinese higher education. Hao Ping traces the intricate evolution of the university, beginning with the preceding institutions that contributed to its establishment, and stretching from the first Opium War of 1839 through the first of several eye-opening defeats for the then-isolated Middle Kingdom to the Xinhai Revolution and the early days of the Republic of China.

Hao Ping chronicles the contentious debates between reform-minded leaders who championed Western models of learning and conservatives who favored the traditional schooling and examination system, providing readers with details about the workings of the imperial court as well as the individual officials and scholars involved in Chinese educational reform. This authoritative history of the founding of Peking University defends the university’s claim to be the first modern university in China and offers insight into the formation of higher education as it exists in China today.

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About the Author :

Hao Ping has been both a professor and an academic administrator at Peking University and Beijing Foreign Studies University. In his current role as vice minister of education, Hao Ping is a leading figure in China’s education reform and development. He is author of several books, including Sun Yatsen Revolution and the United States and An Unfortunate Ending: John Leighton Stuart and China.

Review :

"This English translation of Hao Ping's well-known study on the origins of Peking University is an important contribution to the growing Western-language literature on the University's prominent role in the political, social, and cultural development of modern China. Particularly valuable is the author's exploration of early educational efforts in the post-Opium War era—notably Tongwenguan (often translated as "Interpreters College"), established in 1862—which provided a critical frame of reference for the Qing dynasty in its eventual decision to create an Imperial University at the capital in 1898. Also valuable is the author's abundant citation of primary source materials, which provides the book with the feel and flavor of a well-wrought documentary history."

Richard J. Smith, Rice University, George and Nancy Rupp Professor of Humanities

"Hao Ping is one of the most seasoned inside participants of Beida's transformation for more than three decades. He typifies the Beida ren (Beida person) as an exemplary student, teacher, and administrator. With his intimate knowledge of and affection for his alma mater, he has opted to write a solid historical account of the cultural milieu, political struggles, and intellectual debates, including court politics involving the supporters of the young emperor and the dictatorial empress dowager that significantly contributed to the formation of the idea of a great university toward the end of the Manchu dynasty. Hao Ping firmly captured the climate of opinion underlying the idea with vivid illustration based on primary sources. He has offered a broad analysis of the major intellectual and institutional forces that eventually led to the establishment of Beida as the first national university in contemporary China. He assumes the responsibility as an observer and raconteur with indefatigable effort and thorough investigation. His approach is balanced, bur he clearly articulates his own interpretive stance with convincing argumentation. The book is richly documented, very informative, and highly readable.''

Tu Weiming Peking University, Lifetime Professor of Philosophy and founding dean of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Research professor, Senior Fellow—Asia Center, Harvard University

"Hao Ping places the early history of Peking University against the backdrop of late Qing efforts to reconfigure China's state-approved systems of knowledge and learning in response to challenges posed by Western imperialism. By weaving his story around lengthy passages from primary documents, Hao brings readers within earshot of some key voices of the age. This translation constitutes the most detailed study of its subject available in English. At the same time, it provides readers with a polished example of the patriotic style of historical writing commonly found in China today. Readers familiar with English-language work on the history treated in these pages will find Hao's narration and vocabulary provocative and eye opening."

Timothy B. Western, University of Colorado, Boulder, author of The Power of Position: Beijing University, Intellectuals, and Chinese Political Culture, 1898—1929

"A fine piece of scholarship for students and scholars of Chinese education, modern Chinese history, and comparative education. It also provides a good read for the general reader who is curious about how China changed from a seemingly tradition-bound country to the modern era."

Xiaoqing Diana Lin, Indiana University Northwest, author of Peking University: Chinese Scholarship And Intellectuals, 1898-1937

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