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Advisor: Professor Dr. Robert Bickers, University of Bristol, United Kingdom


Inhalt :: Content

Online-Service mit Zugang zu sämtlichen Ausgaben der Wochenzeitung "North China Herald" von 1850 bis 1941 und der "North China Daily News", welche ab 1864 zusätzlich als Tagesausgabe erschien, im kombinierten Volltext- und Imageformat.

Der von dem Engländer Henry Shearman in Shanghai gegründete, englischsprachige "North China Herald" war eine der ersten ausländischen Zeitungen in China. Waren die Themen anfänglich stark auf die wirtschaftlichen Interessen der ausländischen Community ausgerichtet, so erweiterte sich der Umfang der Zeitung in den späteren Ausgaben auf eine ausführliche Berichterstattung über politische Ereignisse in China, Europa, Russland und den USA, einen großen Sport-Teil, Rezensionen und Artikel zu verschiedensten Themen.

North China Herald Online

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Brill Academic Publishers

Preis :: Price

Preise auf Anfrage / Prices on request

Das Angebot richtet sich nicht an Verbraucher i. S. d. § 13 BGB und Letztverbraucher i. S. d. PAngV.



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Verlagsinformation :: Publisher's information

The English North China Herald is the prime printed source in any language for the history of the foreign presence in China from around 1850 to the 1940s. During this so-called "treaty century" (1842-1943) the Great Western Powers established a strong presence in China through their protected enclaves in the major cities. Published in Shanghai, at the heart of China's dealing with the Euro-American world and a city at the forefront of developments in Chinese politics, culture, education and the economy. As the official journal for British consular notifications, and announcements of the Shanghai Municipal Council, it is the first - and sometimes only - point of reference for information and comment on a range of foreign and Chinese activities. Regularly it also features translations of Chinese official notifications and news.

The Herald had correspondents across the whole of China. These supplied a constant stream of news of an incredible variety, such as, apart from news and gossip reflecting the social, cultural and political life of the foreign settlements; trade statistics, stock prices, Chinese news, essays on Chinese culture and language, law reports from foreign courts in the settlements, company reports, news on foreign social, cultural and political life, maps, cartoons, photographs, stock prices and law and company reports, advertisements, tables of tea, silk and cotton exports, or long-forgotten facts about missionaries, birth, marriage, and death announcements, facts about other foreign nationals - the French, Danish, Italian, German, Dutch, and so on.

Although a thriving treaty port press developed over the century of the foreign presence, no other newspaper existed over such an extended period, and covers it in such incredible depth and variety. The dense unindexed columns of the Herald offer therefore an indispensable, still largely unexplored treasure-trove for any scholar of modern Chinese history. War, revolution and politics have conspired to destroy library holdings or frustrate access to publications from China's treaty century. The fully text-searchable North China Herald online will be one of the primary resources on a period which continues to shape much of China's world and worldview.

Features and Benefits

  • all editions, from 1850-1941
  • approx. 150,000 pages in English language
  • including the North China Daily News
  • full text-search
  • indexed by dates
  • simple and advanced search options
  • browsing
  • including illustrations, advertisements, photographs, tables, cartoons, etc.

Our earlier announcement on our publication in 2011 of Brill's online, full-text searchable North China Herald, has met with enthusiastic response from scholars and librarians alike.

The massive interest shown in the project has made us feel the need for the presentation of the larger context in which the digitization of the North China Herald will take place, and for some reassessment of our original offer. We are happy to announce the following.

Brill's East Asian Archives Collection (1850's-1950's)

The online North China Herald is the first step towards a larger, unique collection of online historical newspaper and other materials in the English language from and/or on East Asia, from the early 1850s into the 1950s. Thus the collection will comprise news from China, Japan and Korea including, roughly, the period of the Korean War. Researchers will be able not only to research detailed news on individuals and events first-hand, but also to lay bare the longer lines of the social, cultural and economic history of this fast-changing region often at war with Western powers, often with itself.

The order in which the materials are being digitized is determined by an international editorial board in close cooperation with the publisher. If available we shall offer full runs of newspapers only.

Subscription or Outright Purchase

Given market response so far, as well as the wider context of Brill's East Asian Archives Collection, Brill has now decided to offer the online North China Herald right away both as a subscription, and as an outright purchase, and to put its pricing model in line with our other electronic resources.

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