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Unearthing the Nation: Modern Geology and Nationalism in Republican China

Grace Yen Shen


Unearthing the Nation uses the development of modern geology to explore the complex relationship between science and nationalism in Republican China. While social commentators of the time could link science, modernization and national empowerment in abstract terms, Chinese scientists had to grapple with the practical consequences of using universalizing foreign systems to address local realities and needs. In particular they faced two ongoing challenges in “saving China” (jiuguo) through science: how to develop “objective”, internationally recognized scientific authority without effacing nativ ... More

Keywords: Republican China, International Science, Scientific practices, Geology, National Identity, Nationalism, Scientific authority, Modernity, Modernization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226090405
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226090542.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Grace Yen Shen, author