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Historical Photographs of China

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Based at the University of Bristol, the Historical Photographs of China project has been digitizing, archiving, and disseminating thousands of photos of modern China since its launch in 2006. The bulk of these photos are from worldwide private collections held outside of China. Because many of the photographic records within China were destroyed during the 1966-1969 Cultural Revolution, these archives may be of particular interest to scholars of modern Chinese history as well as to general audiences. Visitors may like to begin by browsing the Featured Collections, which highlights some of the projects particular strengths, such as the work of the diplomat Fu Bingchang and photos relating to the lives of men who served in the Chinese Maritime Customs Service, and in the Shanghai Municipal Police. The Lucky Dip section, which offers up a random sampling from the archive, is also an excellent way to explore this fascinating collection. This large archive was originally known as Visualising China, but over its first decade the collection grew so much that a new platform was needed, so it migrated to its current web home in 2017. The Historical Photographs of China project is directed by Robert Bickers, a professor of history at the University of Bristol.
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2019-08-16
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