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by Jun Wang

eBook Beijing Record: A Physical and Political History of Planning Modern Beijing ePub
Author: Jun Wang
Language: English
ISBN: 9814295728
ISBN13: 978-9814295727
Publisher: World Scientific Pub Co Inc (September 30, 2010)
Pages: 536
Category: Earth Sciences
Subcategory: Science
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 246
Formats: azw doc docx lrf
ePub file: 1620 kb
Fb2 file: 1350 kb

of the Cultural Revolution in 1966.

Political discourse seemed to always enter into the decision-making process. Calls for historic preservation of Beijing were ignored. Perhaps the CPC was right in placing the center of New China atop that of the Old (at Tiananmen Square).

Beijing Record is handsomely illustrated with rare photos of Beijing during its destruction in the 1950s. From the Inside Flap.

Xinhua News Agency, China).

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Avoiding a civil war, the revolutionaries agreed to Yuan's plan of the unified China under Yuan's government. a b c Wang, Jun. (2010). Beijing record: a physical and political history of planning modern Beijing. World Scientific publishing. On 8 March 1912 the Provisional Senate passed the Provisional Constitution to limit Yuan's power in the future. On March 10, the Senate elected Yuan as the second Provisional President of the Republic. The power of the Nanking Government and the Provisional Senate hence transitioned to the Beiyang government in Peking, which signified the dissolution of the Provisional Government.

In 2003, the Chinese Xinhua News Agency journalist Wang Jun published the bestseller Beijing Record, the result of ten years of research on the urban transformation of Beijing in the last fifty years. Home to more than 15 million people, this ancient capital city — not surprisingly — has a controversial, complicated history of planning and politics, development and demolition.The publication raises a number of unsettling questions: Why has a valuable historical architecture such as city ramparts, gateways, old temples, memorial archways and the urban fabric of hutongs (traditional alleyways) and siheyuan (courtyard houses) been visibly disappearing for decades? Why are so many houses being demolished at a time of economic growth? Is no one prepared to stand up for the preservation of the city? For his research, Wang went through innumerable archives, read diaries and collected an unprecedented quantity of data, accessing first-hand materials and unearthing photographs that clearly document the city's relentless, unprecedented physical makeover. In addition, he conducted more than 50 in-person interviews with officials, planners, scholars and other experts.Wang's publication presents a survey of the main developments and government-level (both central and municipal) decisions, devoting a lot of attention to the 1950s and 1960s, when Beijing experienced a critical wave of transformative events. Shortly after its publication by SDX joint Publishing Company House in October 2003, Beijing Records ignited a firestorm of debate and discussion in a country where public interaction over such a sensitive subject rarely surfaces.
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