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.Ll. had 500,000 inhabitants, and Ch'engtu had 700,000, Manchuria and Taiwan were border regions. Most of the cities in these regions were military and political centers. Until the 1910s, there were no extremely large urban centers * * * * SCHOLARLY PERIODICALS IN THE PRC· Linda Grove, Sophia Uni;ersity and Ronald Suleski, Institute of Oriental Cultures, Tokyo Univ early this year we noticed a sudden expansion in the periodical shelves in Tokyo's Chinese bookstores. Every month new journals appeared on those shelves as preCultural Revolution periodicals resumed publication, new journals were founded and others - previously available only inside China were approved for foreign export. The most recent list of Chinese periodicals available overseas included 31 social science journals, 36 literary and fine arts related journals and more than 70 scientific journals. The list continues to expand as every month more and more university journals are added to the list of periodicals already approved for foreign export. This short set of reading notes is a selection from that larger list of journals that we believe are of particular interest to students of modern Chinese history. In most cases we have reviewed one or more of the most recent issues to give some indication of the kinds of materials included in a given journal. Other readers may want to add their own lists and notes in future issues of the newsletter. Geming Wenwu ~ ..b:: ~ ~1JJ -t ~r This small (under fifty-page) bi-monthly journal is devoted to materials relat~d to the history of the revolution. Begun originally as an annual supplement to Wenwu, it became an independent journal in 1976. A general, non-academic audience was apparently in mind, and thus the usual scholarly techniques are missing. Each issue contains a series of relatively short articles, usually organized around one or two major themes and often including biographies of little-known revolutionary martyrs, excerpts from diaries and other little known sources, and reminiscences of revolutionary events and comrades. The rich use of photographs and illustrations alone make this journal more than worth the price for anyone interested in the history of the revolutionary movement. While many of the articles are of a eulogistic nature, the best of the pieces do provide new detail and information often about little known aspects of the revolutionary movement. Subscription price for the six issues is under five dollars (U.S.) a year. Recent issues have included articles on the May Fourth movement; materials on Agnes Smedley and her autogiography of Zhu De; extensive biographical materilas on Zhou Enlai, particularly his early career as a student leader during the May Fourth period at Nankai Un1versity; and articles on Fang Zhimin by relatives and friends._ (LG) -;!,'J{ '~ ..¥1i1_' >-t~ -pq ~ ~ ~1J Gugong Bowuyuan Yuankan ~~ 't7 1.:::f ~'!J /AJ /''-> 1 This quarterly journal is edited by the staff of the Palace Museum and contains articles that have some connection with the collections held by that organization. The journal began publication in 1958; but was suspended during the Cultural Revolution. Publication resumed in early 1979. While most of the articles are related to archaeology and the fine arts (paiD ing, calligraphy, ceramics), each of the first two issues of the new series contained infortnii tive ar.ticles on materials held by the Ming-Qing archives which are part of the museum. A general survey of the Ming-Qing archives was included in the first issue of 1979. The seconc issue contains two articles. One by Ju Deyuan ~~ ~~ ~Jl is a general explanation of ·the type of documents contained in the palace museum collection with notations referring to materials on specific topics and where they might be found, While some of this information may already be familiar to scholars who have worked in the archives in Taiwan, it does serve 13. as a useful outline for the kinds,of materials available. The second article by Zhu Jinfu *' ~ }~ considers materials in the archives relation to the origins of the Gelaohui (Elder Brothers Society). Zhu takes up such questions as the origin of the society among soldiers in the Imperial Army, internal organization, connections with other organizations such as the Jiang-hu-hui ~,;i:. ''~ ~ , Ren-i...


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