Books Published by Faculty Members

David Schley, 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 , 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.



ISBN: 9789620446467。




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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.


中外史學界對於內戰時期的基督教史研究,仍處於起步階段。本文集匯集二十一篇論文,從「通論」、「人物與思想」、「刊物與輿論」、「宗派與組織」、「區域研究」等五大面向探討,並介紹致敬學者。 面對中國的內戰時期,基督教在華面對諸多挑戰,在不同宗派、組織、領導等,可見其不同的掙扎與抉擇;然而,各篇文章多少皆呈現出「務要傳道」的精神,藉以廣義與微觀的探討,帶出內戰及其餘波對基督教在華發展的的諸多影響。