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Gender in China: modern perspectives


Gail Hershatter, 'Disquiet in the House of Gender', The Journal of Asian Studies , Volume 71 Issue 04 , pp 873-894

Susan Mann, 'Women’s and Gender History in Global Perspective: East Asia (China, Japan, Korea)', for the series “Women’s and Gender History in Global Perspective,” edited by Bonnie G. Smith (American Historical Association).

Feminist theory reader : local and global perspectives / edited by Carole R. McCann and Seung-kyung Kim. New York : Routledge, 2010.

Further readings on modern urban history in China:

General studies:

  • William G. Skinner, The City in Late Imperial China (1977). (Humanities E-Book)
  • Linda Cooke Johnson, Cities of Jiangnan in Late Imperial China (1993)
  • Kwan Man Bun, ‘Chinese Urban History: Four Cheers’, Urban History 29.2 (2002): 254-61.


  • Saskia Sassen, The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo (1991). Link item in catalogue here.
  • Leonard Blussé, Visible Cities: Canton, Nagasaki, and Batavia and the Coming of the Americans (2008).


  • Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Global Shanghai, 1850-2010: A History in Fragments (Routledge, 2009). Wasserstrom's book also has very useful 'suggestions for further reading' section.
  • Leo Lee, Shanghai Modern: the Flowering of a New Urban Culture in China, 1930-1945 (Harvard University Press, 1999)
  • Historic Shanghai: 
  • 'Tales of Old China' (and see also what is available on

Hong Kong

  • John Carroll, "Colonial Hong Kong as a Cultural-Historical Place," Modern Asian Studies, 40.2 (2006): 517-43
  • Echenberg, Myron. ‘An unexampled calamity: Hong Kong, 1894’ in Plague ports: the global urban impact of bubonic plague, 1894-1901 (New York: 2007).


  • Paul van Dyke, The Canton Trade: Life and Enterprise on the China Coast, 1700-1845 (Hong Kong University Press, 2005)
  • John K. Fairbank, Trade and Diplomacy on the China Coast: the Opening of the Treaty Ports, 1842-1854 (Stanford University Press, 1969).
  • The Making of the Modern World has important materials regarding the interactions, and specifically the trade, between Britain and China.


  • Boxer, Fidalgoes in the Far East, 1550-1750 (Oxford University Press, 1968).
  • Visions of China: Stories from Macau Selection, introduction and translation by David Brookshaw. (Hong Kong University Press, 2002).
  • The Macau Heritage Project.