China and the West in the Modern World

China and the West in the Modern World is a new series published by Sydney University Press.

Series Editor: Professor William Christie, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University


China and the West in the Modern World publishes original, peer-reviewed research on cultural, diplomatic, and trade relations between China and the West from the accession of the Manchu Qing dynasty in 1644 to the present. The series aims to map and interpret historical and cultural interactions during the gradual opening up of China to an enterprising and expansive West as a sequence of Chinese emperors and governments developed policies of accommodation and exclusion in reaction to pressure from Western commerce, culture, and religion. The focus of this series will be on the way different events, ideas and beliefs, and cultural practices (in art, architecture, literature, music, science, trade, politics, diplomacy, gender and family relations, cooking and dress) of the Chinese and Western nations were understood and evaluated – and misunderstood and misevaluated – by each other. The series brings into play different national and disciplinary perspectives to achieve a more thorough and cross-culturally nuanced understanding of the political, economic, and cultural background to the negotiations and realignments currently underway between China and Western nations.

Editorial Board

  • Kerry Brown (King's College, London)
  • Elizabeth Hope Chang (University of Missouri)
  • Fa-ti Fan (SUNY, Binghamton)
  • James Hevia (University of Chicago)
  • Michael Keevak (National Taiwan University)
  • Peter Kitson (University of East Anglia)
  • Zhang Longxi (City University of Hong Kong)
  • Yixu Lu (University of Sydney)
  • Robert Markley (University of Illinois)
  • Eun Kyung Min (Seoul National University)
  • Qingsheng Tong (Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou)
  • Paul A. Van Dyke (Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou)
  • Ming Wilson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London)


Authors are invited to discuss potential titles for the series with the series editor, or a member of the editorial board.

Titles in the Series

  • The Poison of Polygamy, by Wong Shee Ping, translated by Ely Finch, forthcoming in 2019.