Reviews 137 Patrick Fuliang Shan. Yuan Shikai: A Reappraisal. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2018. ix, 321 pp. Hardcover $49.95, ISBN 978-0-7748-3778-1. Since his death, Yuan Shikai has been one of the most controversial historical ﬁgures in modern China. For a long time, almost all the orthodox propaganda and scholarly works in both the Republican and the People’s Republican periods have consistently portrayed Yuan Shikai as traitor, reactionary, or national thief. Despite the recent revisionist studies in both China and the West that attempt to correct some of the stereotyped misperceptions about Yuan Shikai’s betrayal in the 1898 reform, brutality in suppressing the Boxers’ Uprising, opportunism in the late Qing, and his usurpation in 1915,a comprehensive and serious study on Yuan Shikai has yet to have been undertaken. Thanks to the newly released personal documents and correspondence of Yuan Shikai, Patrick Shan is able to take a new look at Yuan and write this book. In his book, Shan provide readers with a powerful and mostly convincing reappraisal of Yuan based on both primary sources with due attention to traditional and revisionist scholarship. It will surely be a signiﬁcant addition to the study of Yuan Shikai as well
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jun 4, 2019
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