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2005 2 EDITOR’S NOTE With the appearance of the April 2005 issue of Twentieth-Century China, I would like to take the opportunity to welcome the three new members of our Editorial Board. We are honored to have them join us. Geremie Barmé and John Fitzgerald join us from Australia, where both are based at Australia National University in Canberra (John also continues his affiliation with La Trobe University in Melbourne). Christian Henriot hails from Lyon-CNRS in France and gives the journal a muchneeded opportunity for engagement with the scholarly community of the European Union. Each of the three new members individually has a record of outstanding scholarship on twentieth-century China. They will now jointly help advance Chinarelated scholarship via their participation with this journal. Together, the three reflect the globalization of interest in China’s long twentieth-century. They also add considerable geographic diversity to our board. In seeking to further internationalize the Editorial Board, we intend to signal to our readership and subscribers our everincreasing interest in overseas submissions and participation. Meanwhile, in the present issue, we have three articles that represent vanguard research on twentieth-century Chinese history conducted by a younger cohort of scholars. Charles Musgrove’s discussion of the 1946 war crimes trial of Chen Bijun , wife of then-deceased collaborator Wang Jingwei, reflects renewed interest in Republican social history as seen through legal history and, in particular, from the vantage of high-profile courtroom trials. This Suzhou event, occurring in the wake of the Paris. Nuremberg, and Tokyo trials, is given particular poignancy by the recent revival of war crimes trials at The Hague. Yamin Xu explores the social history of Republican Beijing from the viewpoint of the public latrine and the advocacy of international standards of sanitation, topics that have again achieved some notoriety (and noteworthy success) as Beijing prepares to host the 2008 Olympics. Lastly, Dong Wang takes a new look at state and society issues, examining Nationalist and Communist party discourses between 1928 and 1947 regarding the “unequal treaties .” Wang’s article may remind us, even as Lien Chan, chairman of Taiwan’s Nationalist Party, and James Soong Ch’u-yu, leader of Taiwan’s Nationalist Partyoffshoot People First Party, commence their landmark visits to the PRC, that even prior to 1949, both the Nationalists and the Communists shared opposition to China’s twentieth-century legacy of unequal treaties and national division. Before closing, I would like to acknowledge the platoon of reviewers who have evaluated these and other articles submitted to Twentieth-Century China. This journal is indebted to them. Without their anonymous labors, often made in the midst of heavy teaching, advising, and other responsibilities, scholarly journals such as this one could neither exist nor thrive. Christopher A. Reed Chief Editor, Twentieth-Century China ...


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