Eminent Chinese of the Ch'ing Period 1644-1912, Volume 1

By Arthur W. Hummel

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Contributors contain: okay. Biggerstaff, H. Dubs, J.K. Fairbank, Fang Chao-ying, L.C.Goodrich, Hu Shih, T.Numata, E. Swisher, Teng Ssu-yu, C.M. Wilbur, H. Wilhelm. Hummel’s biographical dictionary continues to be the one vital reference device for chinese language background in view that 1644. It was once first released in 1943–44. ‘The most sensible heritage of China of the final three hundred years’ – Hu Shih.

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Fang Chao-ying. As my buddy Mr. Wang Chung-min as soon as stated to me, "Mr. Hummel, Mr. and Mrs. Fang and omit Marybelle Bouchard, those 4 folks by myself, have jointly committed greater than thirty years in their lives to it. " As a company believer within the Baconian excellent of company and co-operative study, I basically congratulate the editor and his fifty affiliates at the sign good fortune of this primary nice project of overseas co-operative learn in chinese language historical past and biography. lower than equally propitious stipulations, the project is definitely worthy repeating. big apple urban, might 25, 1943. JfJ jj_ ~ Hu Sam EDITOR'S be aware T HE 8 hundred and extra biographical sketches that are integrated during this paintings have been ready throughout the years 1934-42 by way of a few fifty students of the Orient and the Occident who're making the language, the heritage, or the literature of China their precise research. the duty of modifying and co-ordinating the sketches and, in reality, of writing the vast majority of them, fell to a small employees within the Asiatic department of the Library of Congress. The paintings grew out of the co-operation of the Library of Congress and the yank Council of realized Societies, assisted by way of the Rockefeller origin, in delivering within the Library a middle the place complex scholars of chinese language tradition may need extra event in examine and within the use of historic and literary fabrics. It was once notion that the main worthy event they can derive from using such fabrics often is the instruction of contributions to a Biographical Dictionary of the Ch'ing Dynasty; for it used to be now not tricky to foresee-what the strain of occasions in jap Asia has now made clear-that with no extra distinct publications to the well-known names, the good occasions, and the wealthy and nearly inexhaustible literature of China, we of the West can't desire to obtain an enough figuring out of the chinese language humans. The huge assets of the chinese language assortment within the Library of Congress, specifically within the fields of neighborhood heritage, biography, and the gathered works of person authors, made the Asiatic department of the Library a suitable position for the guidance of the Dictionary. consequently there have been introduced jointly there, for longer or shorter classes, a number of American and Asiatic students who used the assets of the Library to organize, in collaboration with the editor, a muchneeded paintings of reference, and who through pleasant feedback better every one others' talents. between them have been 4 Fellows of the yank Council of realized Societies who every one labored at the venture from a number of months to a yr. a couple of different students residing in numerous elements of the realm contributed sketches of individuals in whom they'd built a different curiosity. Dr. Waldo G. Leland, the Director of the yank Council of discovered Societies, and Mr. Mortimer Graves, the executive Secretary, took all through a willing own curiosity within the venture. Mr. Graves conceived the plan, inspired it in lots of functional methods, and gave unstintingly of his time in counseling the editor.

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