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Our honorary fellow Prof. Dr. Christine Moll-Murata has published her new monograph State and Crafts in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in the new IISH book series Social History of Work in Asia,... [News]
Exhibition in Beijing showcasing original Marx documents from the IISH receives 2 million visitors.To mark the bicentenary of his birth on May 5, 1818, the National Museum of China in Beijing hosted... [News]
Op 28 november opent het Nong Jiang Suo Institute-Museum in Guangzhou een tentoonstelling over het leven van Henk Sneevliet.Centraal in de tentoonstelling staan onder meer de belangrijke rol die... [News]
On the 20th of October Professor Liang Hong, president of the Guangxi Normal University and IISH director Henk Wals signed a Memorandum of Understanding.  In this Memorandum they agree to cooperate... [News]
How the Chinese Communist Party moved to Canton by means of a Dutchman. Please vote for this archive record as Record of the Year On July 18, 1922 the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) only existed for... [News]
Books as Objects of Veneration, Subjects of DestructionExpositie georganiseerd door het Sinologisch Instituut van de Universiteit Leiden,7 december 2004 - 30 juni 2005In de bibliotheken van het... [News]
Our aimFor a long time now, there has been a real lack of historical data on the economy and society of China. Recently, some volumes have appeared dealing with, for example, price series as well as... [General page]
The first modern Chinese bank, the Imperial Bank of China (IBC), opened for business in Shanghai on 27 May 1897. Its birth was the result of China's new financial demands. More and more Chinese ... [Item of the Day]
Strong anti-foreigner sentiment emerged during the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) with its notion of national pride, 'Mexicanidad'. Chinese immigrants were accused of taking jobs and women away from... [Item of the Day]
Lin Zhao was executed by a firing squad on this day in 1968 for 'insanely attacking, cursing, and slandering our great Chinese Communist Party and our great leader Chairman Mao'. Her mother had to... [Item of the Day]