Friday, November 11, 2011

Shen Bao 申报 1872-1949 new database trial

Trial access to Shen Bao 申报 is now available on the New Database Trials ( page. The trial expires November 21st but we have asked for an extension.
The Center for Research Libraries has a description of Shen Bao at:
Shanghai-based Shen Bao was the longest-lasting and probably most influential newspaper in modern China. Its history is enmeshed in the major Chinese political and cultural developments of the first half of the twentieth century. The full name of the newspaper was Shenjiang Xinbao 申江新报 (translated as Shenjiang New Post, also known in English as the Shanghai News); it was founded by British businessman Ernest Major and first appeared on April 30, 1872. Major returned to England in 1889, and the paper came under Chinese ownership in 1907. From its start, Shen Bao was produced by Chinese staff for Chinese readership. Circulation expanded until reaching 150,000 in the 1930s. The political stance shifted from conservative support of the government to a moderately liberal pro-constitution position. The newspaper also assumed a strong anti-Japanese position; Norwood Francis Allman, the former U.S. Consulate officer, took on the role of editor in 1938 to guide the paper’s independent position during Japanese occupation of Shanghai prior to World War II. After leadership by Japanese collaborators during the war, Shen Bao continued until it was shut down by the People’s Liberation Army in May 1949.
This resource is currently offered to CRL libraries at favorable terms. Please try it out during the trial period and send feedback or questions to vdoll [at sign] Thanks.

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