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Educating China

Knowledge, Society and Textbooks in a Modernizing World, 1902-1937

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In this major study, Peter Zarrow examines how textbooks published for the Chinese school system played a major role in shaping new social, cultural, and political trends, the ways in which schools conveyed traditional and 'new style' knowledge and how they sought to socialize students in a rapidly changing society in the first decades of the twentieth century. Focusing on language, morality and civics, history, and geography, Zarrow shows that textbooks were quick to reflect the changing views of Chinese elites during this period. Officials and educators wanted children to understand the physical and human worlds, including the evolution of society, the institutions of the economy, and the foundations of the nation-state. Through textbooks, Chinese elites sought ways to link these abstractions to the concrete lives of children, conveying a variety of interpretations of enlightenment, citizenship, and nationalism that would shape a generation as modern citizens of a new China.

Product code: 9781107535756

ISBN 9781107535756
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H229xW152xS15
No. Of Pages 294
Publisher Cambridge University Press
An in-depth analysis of how Chinese school textbooks published between 1902 and 1937 shaped new social, cultural, and political trends. Peter Zarrow examines how Chinese schools conveyed traditional and 'new style' knowledge and sought to socialize students in a rapidly changing society in the transformative first decades of the twentieth century.