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The Man Awakened from Dreams: One Man’s Life in a North China Village, 1857-1942

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In this beautifully crafted study of one emblematic life, Harrison addresses large themes in Chinese history while conveying with great immediacy the textures and rhythms of everyday life in the countryside in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

Liu Dapeng was a provincial degree-holder who never held government office. Through the story of his family, the au
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 30th 2005 by Stanford University Press (first published January 3rd 2005)
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Apr 01, 2016 M rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Liu Daping, a man who devoted his life to Confucian morality and state service at the inopportune moment of Confucianism’s collapse. He looked on with dismay from his northern village at the imperial examination system's discontinuation in 1905, the Qing dynasty's overthrow in 1911, and the national disorder that reigned until 1937 when the Japanese invaded and the real killing began. To Liu's mind, it was the decline of Confucian piety which was the cause of China’s misfort ...more
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Totally loving this story ... not only is harrison an eloquent story teller but also he weaves myriad geastures toward the large themes, not to "prove" anything, but to force us rethink we think we know about china chineseness modernity revolution
love love love this book
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There's a sense of sadness in the life of Liu Dapeng, a Confucian believer who watched the examination system deteriorate as China began adopting Western ideas after the fall of the Qing Dynasty.
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this is the closest history can get to a novel. Very enjoyable reading
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"I am a historian and my main interest is in what ordinary people’s lives have been like in China from the Qing dynasty until today. I am also enthusiastic about writing the kind of history that tells stories as well as making arguments. Both of my most recent books have been micro-histories and I have made extensive use of fieldwork in China, especial
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