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譚家齊著:明中晚期的法律史料與社會問題》(台北:萬卷樓,2020年)。
針對既動盪又繁榮的晚明時代,本書嘗試從法律與治安的角度,以及前人較少利用的判牘及未盡善使用的話本小說史料,去探討十六至十七世紀中國的社會經濟情況。書中收錄的八個篇章於二○○六年至二○一五年的十年間寫成,多數發表於學術會議的論文集或較專門的期刊與專刊之中。是次結集更新了個別章節,也吸納了部分新研究成果,期待能為有關中晚明社會經濟變化的討論,提供較少為人注意的新角度與新材料,特別希望從法律與治安的切入點拋磚引玉,分享利用法律史料研探明清中國社會的潛力與趣味。
李金強著:《近代中國牧師群體的出現》(台北:萬卷樓,2020年)。
近代基督教之來華,隨著教會事業之成長,華人教牧群體逐漸形成。處於內憂外患時艱之華人教牧、傳道,其信仰言行,得見「愛主愛神愛教會,為人為國為社會」之特質,從而促成二十世紀中國教會之本色化。而本書之華人教牧、傳道個案,正好說明此一歷史變遷。
周佳榮著:《錢穆在香港:人文.教育.新史學》(香港:三聯書店,2020年)。
本書為紀念錢穆誕辰一百二十五周年而作,分為上下兩篇,上篇闡述錢穆在香港辦學的歷程,包括錢穆1949年來港創辦新亞書院的經過、1953年成立新亞研究所,以及1963年香港中文大學創立前後,新亞書院與崇基學院、聯合書院加入的情形。下篇則介紹錢穆執掌新亞書院時,早期新亞師生們的學術履歷與生平事跡。本書主要從人文、教育、新史學的發展為切入角度,介紹錢穆及早期新亞人的生平、付出與貢獻,謹此紀念錢穆對於香港人文學術發展的重要意義。
周佳榮編著:《香港紀要:近代文獻著作選》(香港:三聯書店,2020年)。
本書為周佳榮博士編著的資料選集。書中文章多為珍貴資料的原文,選錄19世紀中葉至20世紀中葉有關香港概況和史地的中文著作,具體地介紹了近代香港100年間政治、社會、經濟、文化等多方面的發展情形。文章包括香港第一份以中文為主的報紙—《遐邇貫珍》中的多篇文章、王韜所著的《弢園文錄外編》選篇、《香港紀略》中多篇介紹香港的文章,以及近代文人如魏源、郭嵩燾、黃遵憲、康有為等人的香港見聞,等等。
Justice in Print: Discovering Prefectural Judges and Their Judicial Consistency in Late-Ming Casebooks (Leiden, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill NV, 2020).
In Justice in Print: Discovering Prefectural Judges and Their Judicial Consistency in Late-Ming Casebooks, Ka-chai Tam argues that the prefectural judge in the judiciary of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) became crucial to upholding justice in Chinese society. 
In light of two late Ming casebooks, namely the Mengshui zhai cundu (盟水齋存牘) by Yan Junyan and the Zheyu xinyu (折獄新語) by Li Qing, Ka-chai Tam demonstrates that the late Ming judges handled their cases with a high level of consistency in judicial reasoning and practice in every type of case, despite their differing regions and literary styles. Equipped with relative institutional independence and growing professionalism, they played an indispensable role in checking and guaranteeing the legal performance of their subordinate magistrates.
Steam City: Railroads, Urban Space, and Corporate Capitalism in Nineteenth-Century Baltimore (Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2020).
Anyone interested in the rise of American corporate capitalism should look to the streets of Baltimore. There, in 1827, citizens launched a bold new venture: a “rail-road” that would link their city with the fertile Ohio River Valley. They dubbed this company the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B& O), and they conceived of it as a public undertaking—an urban improvement, albeit one that would stretch hundreds of miles beyond the city limits.
Steam City tells the story of corporate capitalism starting from the street and moving outward, looking at how the rise of the railroad altered the fabric of everyday life in the United States. The B&O’s founders believed that their new line would remap American economic geography, but no one imagined that the railroad would also dramatically reshape the spaces of its terminal city. As railroad executives wrangled with city officials over their use of urban space, they formulated new ideas about the boundaries between public good and private profit. Ultimately, they reinvented the B&O as a private enterprise, unmoored to its home city. This bold reconception had implications not only for the people of Baltimore, but for the railroad industry as a whole. As David Schley shows here, privatizing the B&O helped set the stage for the rise of the corporation as a major force in the post-Civil War economy.
​Steam City examines how the birth and spread of the American railroad—which brought rapid communications, fossil fuels, and new modes of corporate organization to the city—changed how people worked, where they lived, even how they crossed the street. As Schley makes clear, we still live with the consequences of this spatial and economic order today.
Natalie Köhle and Shigehisa Kuriyama (eds).  Fluid Matter(s): Flow and Transformation in the History of the Body. Asian Studies Monograph Series 14 (Canberra: ANU Press, 2020).
DOI: http://doi.org/10.22459/FM.2020 , ISBN 9781760463878  open access.
Once upon a time, doctors across Eurasia imagined human beings in ways that strike us today as profoundly strange and alien. For over 2,000 years, they worried anxiously about fluids to which our modern doctors spare hardly a thought (such as sweat, phlegm and qi) and they obsessed over details (such as whether a person’s pores were open or closed) whose meaning and vital importance have now largely faded from memory. Through a series of case studies from Europe, India, China, Mongolia and Japan, Fluid Matter(s) suggests ways to make sense of this strange and dimly remembered past, and urges us to reflect anew on the significance of fluids and flows in the history of medicine.
The book also urges us, more generally, to reimagine the way in which we narrate history. The articles here are essays, in the original French sense. They are exploratory trials, experiments to illustrate some of the ways in which digital texts can go beyond the affordances of print. They test visual effects that are inconceivable on a paper page, but that are easily conjured on an electronic screen. Fluid Matter(s) is the first work of its kind: a study that narrates the body’s past in a form that embodies new futures for narrative.
周佳榮著:《一本讀懂明治日本》,香港:三聯書店,2020年。ISBN: 9789620446467。
本書以人物傳論形式展示出明治維新的歷史,包括政治、外交、憲法、思想、軍事、實業、學術、文化各個方面,總共一百二十人,從多元角度反映出明治時期日本的社會面貌。他們在日本現代化進程中所擔當的角色和產生的影響,書中都有具體而微的說明
周佳榮著:《瀛洲華聲:日本中文報刊一百五十年史》,香港:三聯書店,2020年。ISBN: 9789620445743。
本書概覽式介紹1868年以來一百五十年間在日本出版的中文和中日文雙語報刊,重點論述了晚清時期留日學生出版物、維新人士和革命人士在日本的辦報活動,補充了民國時期一些為人忽略的要點,以及戰後中文報章雜誌在日本再度興盛的現象。從報刊歷史和內容,說明中日關係的變化及兩國文化交流的一個側面。海外中文報刊和華人聲音的重要性亦於此可見。
Cindy Yik-yi Chu, Toshihiko Kishi, Suk Mei Irene Wong (eds.), Images of Macau: East-West Exchange and the Derwent Collection (Tokyo: Bensei Shuppan, 2020)
Through an examination of the Derwent Collection, this book explores the changing relations between China and the West, as well as the transformation that Macau underwent, over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries. The more than 150 artworks in this volume include oil paintings, watercolor paintings and sketches – collectively known as “China coast paintings” – as well as block-prints and photographs. These artworks are now stored in the Hong Kong Baptist University.
The era on which this volume focuses was a time of upheaval for Sino–European relations, characterized by the humiliation of the Qing Dynasty in the two Opium Wars (1840–42, 1856–60). In terms of Macau’s history, it was a time in which the city's role as a center of East–West exchange diminished drastically with the rise of Hong Kong, and in which urban expansion and modernization in the northern Macau Peninsula was ignited by the removal of the city walls, beginning in the 1860s. In addition to these material circumstances, the predominant media by which to record these changes also shifted, from paintings and block-prints to photographs.
Cindy Yik-yi Chu, Paul P. Mariani (eds.), People, Communities and the Catholic Church in China(New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).
This book explores the Chinese Catholic Church as a whole as well as focusing on particular aspects of its activities, including diplomacy, politics, leadership, pilgrimage, youths, and non-Chinese Catholics in China. It discusses Sino-Vatican relations and the rationale behind the decisions taken by Pope Francis with regard to the appointment of bishops in China. The book also examines important changes and personalities in the Chinese Church, the Catholic organizations, and the Catholic communities in the Church, offering a key read for researchers and graduate students studying the Chinese Catholic Church, the Church in Asia, and religion in contemporary China.