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Book awards: Levenson Prize for Books in Chinese Studies

Book awards by cover

Works (52)

The Great Enterprise: The Manchu Reconstruction of Imperial Order in Seventeenth-Century China by Frederic Wakeman, Jr.1987, Pre-Twentieth Century
Chinese Democrary by Andrew J. Nathan1987, Twentieth Century
Statesmen and Gentlemen: The Elite of Fu-Chou Chiang-Hsi, in Northern and Southern Sung by Robert P. Hymes1988, Pre-Twentieth Century
Communist Neo-Traditionalism: Work and Authority in Chinese Industry by Andrew G. Walder1988, Twentieth Century
The Four Masterworks of the Ming Novel = Ssu ta ch'i-shu by Andrew H. Plaks1989, Pre-Twentieth Century
The Origins of the Boxer Uprising by Joseph W. Esherick1989, Twentieth Century
The Emperor's Four Treasuries: Scholars and the State in the Late Ch'ien-lung Era by R. Kent Guy1989, Honorable Mention, Pre-Twentiethry Century
The Invention of Li Yu by Patrick Hanan1990, pre-20th century
Culture, Power, and the State: Rural North China, 1900-1942 by Prasenjit Duara1990, 20th century
Chinese by Jerry Norman1990 honorable mention, pre-20th century
The Wu Liang Shrine: The Ideology of Early Chinese Pictorial Art by Wu Hung1991, pre-20th century
Rickshaw Beijing: City People and Politics in the 1920s by David Strand1991, 20th century
A History of Modern Tibet, 1913-1951 by Melvyn C. Goldstein1991 honorable mention, 20th century
Soulstealers: The Chinese Sorcery Scare of 1768 by Philip A. Kuhn1992, pre-20th century
The Peasant Family and Rural Development in the Yangzi Delta, 1350-1988 by Philip Huang1992, 20th century
Art & Political Expression in Early China by Mr. Martin J. Powers1993, pre-20th century
Chinese Village, Socialist State by Edward Friedman1993, 20th century
The Story of Stone: Intertextuality, Ancient Chinese Stone Lore, and the Stone Symbolism in Dream of the Red Chamber, Water Margin, and The Journey to the West by Jing Wang1994, pre-20th century
The Tao and the Logos: Literary Hermeneutics, East and West by Zhang Longxi1994, pre-20th century
Mountain Fires: The Red Army's Three-Year War in South China, 1934-1938 by Gregor Benton1994, 20th century
The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period by Patricia Buckley Ebrey1995, pre-20th century
China's Environmental Crisis: An Inquiry into the Limits of National Development by Vaclav Smil1995, 20th century
Painters and Politics in the People's Republic of China, 1949-1979 by Julia F. Andrews1996, 20th century
Cherishing Men from Afar: Qing Guest Ritual and the Macartney Embassy of 1793 by James Louis Hevia1997, pre-20th century
Blood road : the mystery of Shen Dingyi in revolutionary China by R. Keith Schoppa1997, 20th century
Ink Plum: The Making of a Chinese Scholar-Painting Genre by Maggie Bickford1998, pre-20th century
Awakening China: Politics, Culture, and Class in the Nationalist Revolution by John Fitzgerald1998, 20th century
Precious Records: Women in China's Long Eighteenth Century by Susan Mann1999, pre-20th century
The Origins of the Cultural Revolution 3: The Coming of the Cataclysm 1961-1966 by Roderick MacFarquhar1999, 20th century
The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China by Timothy Brook2000, pre-20th century
Unstately Power, Vol. II: Local Causes of China's Intellectual, Legal, and Governmental Reforms by Lynn T. White2000, 20th century
A Translucent Mirror: History and Identity in Qing Imperial Ideology by Pamela Kyle Crossley2001, pre-20th century
Contesting Citizenship in Urban China: Peasant Migrants, the State, and the Logic of the Market by Dorothy J. Solinger2001, 20th century
Ten Thousand Things: Module and Mass Production in Chinese Art by Lothar Ledderose2002, pre-1900
Manchus and Han: Ethnic Relations and Political Power in Late Qing and Early Republican China, 1861-1928 by Edward J. M. Rhoads2002, post-1900
A Patterned Past: Form and Thought in Early Chinese Historiography by David Schaberg2003, pre-1900
Peasants Without the Party: Grass-Root Movements in Twentieth-Century China by Lucien Bianco2003, post-1900
Way and Byway: Taoism, Local Religion, and Models of Divinity in Sung and Modern China by Robert P. Hymes2004, pre-1900
An Artistic Exile: A Life of Feng Zikai (1898-1975) by Geremie Randall Barme2004, post-1900
Transmitters and Creators: Chinese Commentators and Commentaries on the Analects by John Makeham2005, pre-1900
Private Life under Socialism: Love, Intimacy, and Family Change in a Chinese Village, 1949-1999 by Yunxiang Yan2005, post 1900
Speaking of Yangzhou: A Chinese City, 1550-1850 by Antonia Finnane2006, pre-1900
Hygienic Modernity: Meanings of Health and Disease in Treaty-Port China by Ruth Rogaski2006, post-1900
China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia by Peter C. Perdue2007, pre-1900
Policing Chinese Politics: A History by Michael Dutton2007, post 1900
Pattern and Person: Ornament, Society, and Self in Classical China by Martin J. Powers2008, pre-1900
Chinese Medicine Men: Consumer Culture in China and Southeast Asia by Sherman Cochran2008, post-1900
Artisans in Early Imperial China by Anthony J. Barbieri-Low2009, Pre-1900
Revolution of the Heart: A Genealogy of Love in China, 1900-1950 by Haiyan Lee2009, Post-1900
The Landscape of Words: Stone Inscriptions in Early and Medieval China by Robert E. Harrist2010, Pre-1900
Just One Child: Science and Policy in Deng's China by Susan Greenhalgh2010, Post-1900
Red China's Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change, and Economic Development Under the Commune by Joshua EisenmanPost-1900, 2018

Award description

Awarded by the Association for Asian Studies China and Inner Asia Council
The Merlin Foundation, established by the late Audrey Sheldon, has provided for the two awards, one for works whose main focus is on China before 1900 and the other for works on post-1900 China. The prizes will be awarded to the English-language books that make the greatest contribution to increasing understanding of the history, culture, society, politics, or economy of China. Works in all disciplines and in all periods of Chinese history are eligible, but anthologies, edited works, and pamphlets will not be considered. In keeping with the broad scholarly interests of Joseph Levenson, special consideration will be given to books that, through comparative insights or groundbreaking research, promote the relevance of scholarship on China to the wider world of intellectual discourse
Awards began in 1987
Levenson Book Prize website


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