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STUDIES ON REPUBLICAN CHINA IN THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (II} by Peter M. Kuhfus with the cooperation of Gudrun Wacker The first installment of this survey (Republican China, vol. X, no. 3, 1985, pp. 60-67} introduced a selection of recently published books. For the second installment presented here, a circular letter was sent to a number of university institutes and publishing companies. The resulting responses, combined with additional information from bibliographies and catalogs, produced a remarkably differentiated picture. It is reflected in the structure of this article: 1 • 2. 2. 1 • 2.2. 2.3. 2.4. 3. 3. 1 • 3.2. 3.3. 3.4. Introduction of six recently published books Bibliographical listings Books Articles Doctoral dissertations M. A. theses Work in progress Research projects Ptiblications in preparation Dissertations and theses Teaching specialties Notwithstanding the considerable amount of detail gathered here, this survey, of course, does not claim to be comprehensive. It should be perceived as a basic description of the state of the field in the FRG. (Interestingly, a French scholar--c. Henriot, Universite Jean-:-Moulin, Lyon III, Fapulte des Langues--plans to publish soon his own evaluation of German scholarship on the Republican period. Unfortunately, I do not know yet where his article will appear.} 1. Introduction of six recently published books. This section is divided into two parts: the first comprises three reference books; the second, three monographic studies. Here, all titles are merely referred to in English translations; the original versions can be found in section 2.1. ("Bibliographical listings: Books"). In 1984, an important Bibliography of German-Chinese Relations, 1860-1945 appeared, compiled and·edited by Alfons Esser. This 120page bibliography does register a fair amount of Chinese language material, but its focus clearly lies with German publications. Many of the titles collected here are of direct or indirect relevance for the study of the Republican period. In his introduction, the editor emphasizes that he had been motivated by the idea not only to compile 22 the more recent scholarly publications in the field, but to unearth many of the older works, especially smaller and scattered items which so far .had been neglected by other bibliographies. Esser has organized his book into thirteen chapters (0-12). The first three pa,rts contain insights into the main fields of primary and secondary source material: in addition to the spectrum of relevant bibliographies, published collections of documents are listed, as well as the holdings of German foreign policy archives, related documents, and the titles of 57 selected periodicals and newspapers. The next part {ch. 3) is exclusively devoted to an array of (partly rare and therefore especially valuable) reminiscences, diaries, travelogues, and contemporaneous commentaries, reflecting first-hand experiences from the history of German-Chinese relations. Each of the remaining parts (4-12) covers one special topic like religion, culture, economics, etc., including one chapter focusing on geographical aspects, and another one on important personalities. This organization of the book into separate chapters proves helpful to those readers who expect overviews or introductions to topical fields. Without doubt, however, the value of Esser's bibliography could have been considerably enhanced by a supplementary author and editor index. Another major contribution to the field under discussion is the Handbook of German-Chinese Relations, edited by Rudiger Machetzki and published by the Institut flir Asienkunde, Hamburg (1982). This book consists of four main sections: "China and the Germans," "Politics in History and Present Times," "History of German-Chinese Economic Relations," and "History of Culture and Thought." Most of these sections are again subdivided into special essays by various scholars, including such renowned names as Professor Wolfgang Franke or Oskar Weggel. Even from the section headings given above, it is evident that large parts of the work deal with aspects of GermanChinese relations during the Republican period. For the general reader, Machetzki's Handbook provides convenient access to the development and structure of German-Chinese relations. For the expert, it may at the same time inadvertently serve as a guide for future research in this complex field. The listings below demonstrate that the exploration of the history of the relations between Germany and China constitutes one focal point...

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ISSN
1940-5065
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1521-5385
Pages
pp. 22-39
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2021-05-25
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