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Letter from the Editor: From Republican China to Twenneh-Century China Since beginning publication under its current name in 1983, Republican China has served as an important venue for the dissemination of high-quality new research, bibliographical and review essays, and professional informa~ion of interest to a wide range of China scholars. In accordance with a recent decision of the journal's editorial board, beginning with the November 1997 issue Republican China will be renamed Twentieth -Century China, and will expand its coverage significantly. InĀ· its current format, the journal has focused primarily upon the history, politics and culture of China during the period 1911-1949, and we expect that essays and other items concerned with this period will continue to occupy a substantial portion of the journal's space. At the same time, however, the editorial board recognizes that the journal needs to adapt and grow in ways that reflect the passage of time and the evolution of the field of Chinese studies. In this regard, as we look back from our present vantage point near century's end, it seems evident that for many topics of current scholarly interest, dates such as 1911 and 1949 now appear to be not so much rigid boundaries or barriers as useful signposts marking stages in complex, ongoing patterns of continuity and change. Similarly, we feel that, much is to be gained by encouraging scholarly research on both Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. With these thoughts in mind~ in the futureTwentieth-Century China will not only continue to welcome manuscripts dealing with the commonly-conceived "Republican Period" (1911-49), but will also encourage submissions concerning the last decade or so of the Qing Dynasty, and the post-1949-period. We also hope that the journal will serve as a forum for studies of the history and culture of areas on both sides of the Taiwan Straits, and of Chinese communities elsewhere . As in the past, the journal will remain open to manuscripts from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, but editorial inclinations will continue to be particularly receptive to studies which have historical depth. We are convinced that the change will improve the visibility and the scholarly impact of the journal, and that it will open the journal up to a whole new group of readers. At the same time, however, we have no intention of abandoning the journal's emphasis on serious historical research, or its particular interREPUBLICAN CHINA, 22.2 (April 1997): 1-2 2 Republican China est in issues relating to the 1911-1949 period. The journal's editor and production staff will remain the same during the transition, and to emphasize continuity between the two journals the numbering of future volumes and issues of Twentieth -Century China will continue in sequence from the number of this final issue of Republican China (Volume XXII, No.2). The editorial board will expand somewhat to accommodate the expanded chronological and topical coverage of the journal. As the first step in this expansion , we are happy to welcome the addition to the board of Ernest P. Young, professor of history at the University of Michigan. Stephen c. Averill Editor, Twentieth-Century China ...


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