China Review International, vol. 17, no. 4 (2010)


Imperial Power, Legal Cosmology, and Beyond (reviewing Jiang Yonglin, The Mandate of Heaven and the Great Ming Code)
Reviewed by Pär Cassel, 393

Tang Ministers through a Qing Mirror (reviewing Anne Burkus-Chasson, Through a Forest of Chancellors: Fugitive Histories in Liu Yuan’s Lingyan ge, an Illustrated Book from Seventeenth-Century Suzhou)
Reviewed by Tamara H. Bentley, 396

A Song Dynasty “Naturalist” Explores China’s Southwestern “Contact Zone” (reviewing James M. Hargett, translator, Treatises of the Supervisor and Guardian of the Cinnamon Sea)
Reviewed by Benjamin B. Ridgway, 400


Gregor Benton and Lin Chun, editors, Was Mao Really a Monster? The Academic Response to Chang and Halliday’s “Mao: The Unknown Story”
Reviewed by Jing Li, 408

Hugh R. Clark, Portrait of a Community: Society, Culture, and the Structures of Kinship in the Mulan River Valley (Fujian) from the Late Tang through the Song
Reviewed by Richard L. Davis, 412

Philip Clart and Paul Crowe, editors, The People and the Dao: New Studies in Chinese Religions in Honour of Daniel L. Overmyer
Reviewed by H. Swindall, 416

Sherman Cochran and David Strand, editors, Cities in Motion: Interior, Coast, and Diaspora in Transnational China
Reviewed by Diana Lary, 421

Bernard D. Cole, The Great Wall at Sea: China’s Navy in the Twenty-first Century, second edition; Andrew S. Erickson, Lyle J. Goldstein, and Nan Li, editors, China, the United States, and Twenty-first-Century Sea Power: Defining a Maritime Security Partnership; Zhiqun Zhu, China’s New Diplomacy: Rationale, Strategies and Significance
Reviewed by Christopher R. Hughes, 424

Nicola di Cosmo, editor, Military Culture in Imperial China
Reviewed by Garret Olberding, 430

J. Michael Farmer, The Talent of Shu: Qiao Zhou and the Intellectual World of Early Medieval Sichuan
Reviewed by Rafe de Crespigny, 432

Bernard Formoso, De Jiao: A Religious Movement in Contemporary China: Purple “qi” from the East; David Johnson, Spectacle and Sacrifice: The Ritual Foundations of Village Life in Northern China
Reviewed by Yves Menheere, 435

Shiping Hua, Chinese Utopianism: A Comparative Study of Reformist Thought with Japan and Russia, 1898–1997
Reviewed by Viren Murthy, 439

Lam Wai-man, Percy Luen-tim Lui, Wilson Wong, and Ian Holliday, editors, Contemporary Hong Kong Politics: Governance in the Post-1997 Era
Reviewed by Eilo Wing-yat Yu, 443

Ari Daniel Levine, Divided by a Common Language: Factional Conflict in Late Northern Song China
Reviewed by Tze-ki Hon, 446

Merle Goldman, Political Rights in Post-Mao China; Xiaobing Li, Civil Liberties in China
Reviewed by Jeremy Paltiel, 451

Cheng Li, editor, China’s Changing Political Landscape: Prospects for Democracy
Reviewed by Jungmin Seo, 454

Lim Tai Wei, Oil and Gas in China: The New Energy Superpower’s Relations with Its Region
Reviewed by Philip Andrews-Speed, 456

Fran Martin, Backward Glances: Contemporary Chinese Cultures and the Female Homoerotic Imaginary
Reviewed by Jens Damm, 459

Sima Qian and William H. Nienhauser Jr., editors; Meghan Cai, Stephen Durrant, Reinhard Emmerich, Hans van Ess, Chen Liu, Christian Meyer, Marc Nürnberger, Michael Schimmelpfennig, Judith Suwald, Jing Wang, and Hua Zhao, translators, The Grand Scribe’s Records, vol. 8: The Memoirs of Han China, pt. 1
Reviewed by Esther Klein, 462

Ōki Yasushi and Paolo Santangelo, Shan’ge, the “Mountain Songs”: Love Songs in Ming China
Reviewed by Pi-ching Hsu, 469

Jean-Laurent Rosenthal and R. Bin Wong, Before and Beyond Divergence: The Politics of Economic Change in China and Europe
Reviewed by Ting Xu, 473

Susan L. Shirk, editor, Changing Media, Changing China; David Bandurski and Martin Hala, editors, Investigative Journalism in China: Eight Cases in Chinese Watchdog Journalism
Reviewed by Joyce Y. M. Nip, 479

Victor F. S. Sit, Chinese City and Urbanism: Evolution and Development
Reviewed by Kristin Stapleton, 484

Tan See Kam, Peter X. Feng, and Gina Marchetti, editors, Chinese Connections: Critical Perspectives on Film, Identity, and Diaspora
Reviewed by Stephen Teo, 486

Paul B. Trescott, Jingji Xue: The History of the Introduction of Western Economic Ideas into China, 1850–1950
Reviewed by Ting Xu, 494

Irene S. Wu, From Iron Fist to Invisible Hand: The Uneven Path of Telecommunications Reform in China
Reviewed by Huizhong Zhou, 497

Dongping Yang, editor, The China Environment Yearbook, vol. 4, Tragedy and Hope: From the Sichuan Earthquake to the Olympics
Reviewed by Herman F. Huang, 501

Zhang Yunling, China and Asian Regionalism
Reviewed by Maria N. DaCosta, 504

Works Received, 507