Professor Helen Dunstan
MA Oxf PhD Camb MCoun (ACU), FAHA
Professor of Chinese Studies
A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney
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I am a historian of premodern China, with a primary focus on economic thought and economic policy in the first half of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). I am particularly interested in the processes through which the central government made economic-policy decisions, and in the interplay between motives of very different kinds in such decision-making. While much of my research to date has focused on state intervention in the grain trade, my interests have now shifted to (1) provincial finance in the Qianlong reign; and (2) problems of interpretation in the sociocultural history of late-imperial and modern China.
Other topics on which I have worked include the southwest-Shanxi salt industry, particularly in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Chinese environmental history, post-1980 Chinese reportage, and eighteenth-century autobiographical texts. I enjoy teaching East Asian gender history, and have always been fascinated by the anthropological study of Chinese society.
- Economic thought and policy in late imperial China
- Provincial finance in eighteenth-century China
- Corpse-disposal in eighteenth-century Jiangnan
- The history of the premodern Chinese prisoner
Teaching and supervision
- Twentieth-century China
- East Asian gender history (China, Japan, Korea)
- The political, economic and environmental history of China from the Song dynasty to the Qing
- Chinese sociocultural history (all periods)
Units of study I have offered since 2010: (Emma: I suggest you just make the links live for 2623 and 2673, plus the Beyond Orientalism Honours seminar.
- HSTY1090: History of Chinese Culture
- HSTY2623: China’s Traumas, 1937-1971
- HSTY2640: Twentieth-Century China
- HSTY2673: Lived Experience in Modern China
- HSTY2683: Violence in Chinese History
- HSTY2685: Sexuality and Power in East Asian History
- Beyond Orientalism (Honours seminar)
- Modern Chinese History (Honours seminar)
Making Sense of the Accounts: Provincial Finance in Mid-Qing China
- State Finance and the Enigma of Decline in High Confucian China; Dunstan H; Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation/Research Grant.
- University of Sydney - Near Miss Scheme; Dunstan H; University of Sydney (CHASS)/Bridging Support.
- The anatomy of political decline in late imperial China; Dunstan H; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).