Chinese Monographs of the 20th Century 1900-1949

Chinese Monographs of the 20th Century 1900-1949 is a digital archive of original literature and materials from the transition from a semi-feudal and semi-colonial society to a new socialist China. The collection gives researchers a closer look at the political, economic, social and artistic thought during this crucial period of Chinese history.

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At a Glance


Subject Area: Cultural & Area Studies
Ideal For: Academic Libraries

Content Includes:

  • Full-text collection of more than 120,000 books 
  • All content is in the original (traditional) Chinese
  • Famous contemporary literature and technology research from United States and Europe translated into Chinese
  • Original publications in PDF format
  • Additional information includes images, bibliography, author, publisher, publication year, key words, subjects, summary, table of contents and more 

Subjects Include:

  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Social science
  • Politics
  • Law
  • Military studies
  • Economics
  • Culture and arts
  • Education
  • Language studies
  • Literature
  • History
  • Geography
  • Science and technology

Before 1911, the focus of Chinese literature and history was on the emperors rather than on the culture or history of its citizens. During the period of 1900 to 1949, World War II and the Warlord Era created a new era of literature and culture.

Save Time Discovering History

The archive features more than 120,000 books with high precision scanned full text published from 1900 to 1949. Many of these materials are missing, hard to find, or sold at a very high price in the secondhand book market.

The full-text content in this database totals over 20 million pages and features over 6 billion searchable Chinese characters.

Invaluable Works

Famous authors include Liang Sicheng, Lin Huiyin, Zhu Ziqing, Ye Shengtao, Lin Yutang, Lu Xun, Feng Zikai, and more. Highlights include “The True Story of Ah Q,” a transformative masterpiece of modern Chinese literature considered the first work to fully utilize Vernacular Chinese after the May 4th Movement in China.

While the content focus is on the periods of the transition from monarchy to new China, this resource also includes important translated works for famous literature and technology research from the United States and Europe leading up the enhancement of modern China. 

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