China: Culture and Society makes available the entire Wason Pamphlet Collection held in the Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia and housed in the Carl A. Kroch Library at Cornell University. The oldest collection of its kind, it consists of 220 bound volumes of pamphlets and spans three centuries (c. 1750-1929). Each volume includes 6-10 pamphlets, totalling around 1,200 documents.

These rare pamphlets form part of one of the deepest and most extensive collections of literature on China and the Chinese in the Western world and constitute a rich resource for scholars and teachers in numerous disciplines, from undergraduate level to research level and beyond.

Digitised in its entirety, the collection encompasses speeches, guides, reports, essays, catalogues, magazine articles and other materials addressing Chinese history, culture and everyday life. The wide variety of research interests and themes covered by the pamphlets include education, emigration, foreign presence, missionaries, wars, rebellion, reform, opium, healthcare and language.

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