GEORGETOWN, KY – Red Genesis: The Hunan First Normal School and the Creation of Chinese Communism, 1903-1921, a book by Georgetown College Associate Professor of History Liyan Liu, was published in December, 2012, by the State University of New York (SUNY) Press. It is Professor Liu’s first book to be published in the United States.
Synopsis: This work explores the critical but overlooked role modern schools played in sowing the seeds of revolution in the minds of students seeking modern education in the 1910s. The Hunan First Normal School was one of many reformed schools established in China in the early twentieth century in response to the urgent need to modernize the nation. Its history is a tapestry woven of traditional Chinese and modern Western threads. Chinese tradition figured significantly in the character of the school, yet Western ideas and contemporary social, political, and intellectual circumstances strongly shaped its policies and practices. Examining the background, curriculum, and the reforms of the school, as well as its teachers and radical students, Liyan Liu argues that China’s modern schools provided a venue that nurtured and spread new ideas, including Communist revolution.
The 256-page volume is available in both hardcover and electronic versions from various retailers.
Professor Liu has been a member of the Georgetown College history faculty since 2001.
She has written two previous books: Reflections across the Yellow Sea (Hong Kong: Milky Way Press, 2001) and Edward H. Hume M. D. in China (Written in English, published in Chinese) (Hong Kong: Milky Way Press, 2000).