Daily Records of Modern and Contemporary Chinese History
The Daily Records of Modern and Contemporary Chinese History database was completed in 1997. Its content includes two major works the Institute founder and first director, Mr. Kuo Ting-yee spent decades carefully editing and compiling: Daily Records of Modern and Contemporary Chinese History and Daily Records of the History of the Republic of China. These two reference works are comprised of more than 2,000,000 characters. Daily Records of Modern and Contemporary Chinese History covers 1830 to 1911 and focuses primarily on the Qing Dynasty. Its contents are concentrated mainly on politics, military affairs, and diplomacy. Yet every effort has been made to include other sources related to economics, society, and culture to make the data as complete as possible. Daily Records of the History of the Republic of China covers 1912 to 1949 and provides many texts of greater length with more detailed narration. Daily Records of the History of the Republic of China and the Daily Records of Modern and Contemporary Chinese History together constitute the most reliable record of this 150-year period of modern Chinese history. These two books are so tied to the pursuit of scholarship that they are essential references. In addition, the full-text database is of great benefit to scholars, allowing them to save time in catalog searches and text retrieval.
Detailed Preliminary Draft of Major Events in the Life of Chiang Kai-shek
The historical status and importance of Mr. Chiang Kai-shek to modern and contemporary Chinese history is extraordinarily well known. All in all, from 1912 onward through China's history of development and transformation, whether it was the pre-1928 eastern conquest or northern expedition, or the year of Chinese unification; the 1928-1937 ten-year reconstruction and period of “internal pacification first then external resistance”; the 1937-1945 difficult times of the War of Resistance Against the Japanese; the 1945-1949 internal war against the Communists or the period of turbulence and insecurity, Chiang Kai-shek was a pivotal player.
The Diary of Wang Shih-chieh (1891-1981)
The Diary of Wang Shih-chieh was kept from 1933 until 1979, and thus, spans forty-seven years. However, because there are a few internal breaks, the diary, in fact, covers only thirty-four years. Mr. Wang Shih-chieh's life work included academic, political, and diplomatic dimensions. He held many important posts: Education Minister; Secretary General of the People's Political Council; Head of the Supreme National Defense Council, Head of the Central Planning Bureau and other organizations. Additionally, in 1962 he became the president of Academia Sinica. Mr. Wang Shih-chieh was an academic who entered politics. He emphasized strongly the need to preserve historical materials. For this reason, he kept a great many documents that are now highly valued primary sources for the study of modern history. His thirty-some-year diary is an even more important reference for scholars studying modern political and diplomatic history.
Korean War: Russian Archives Declassified Documents
Beginning in 1990, Russia began publishing a considerable number of memoirs and interviews related to the Korean War. Russian, Korean, and American newspapers, periodicals, and magazines each published in different languages. Russian archives consist almost entirely of unedited, original documents. Although the first batch of released documents were chosen by relevant government departments, the later, larger release was completely determined by scholars who had directly unearthed them from the archive. The documents collected in this archive come mainly from the following sources: The Archive of the President of the Russian Federation (APRF), The Archive of Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation (AVPRF), The Russian Centre for the Preservation and Study of Documents of Most Recent History (RTsKhIDNI), The Center for Preservation of Contemporary Documentation (TsKhSD), The Russian Centre for the Preservation and Study of Documents of Most Recent History (TsAMORF). After they were organized, it turns out that there are 554 documents and 100 supplementary documents. Except for a few rare files, which only exist in English translation and for which it was impossible to track down the original Russian sources, the rest are almost all directly translated from original Russian documents.
The Diary of Hsu Yung-chang
Mr. Hsu Yung-chang (1887-1959) lived throughout the Revolution of 1911, the Anti-Restoration Movement, the Northern Expedition of the Nationalist Government, and other events. During his lifetime, he served as Chairman of the Provincial Government of Suiyuan Province, Chairman of the Provincial Government of Hebei, and Chairman of the Provincial Government of Shanxi Province. In the 1945 victory in the War of Resistance Against the Japanese Mr. Hsu served as a representative of the Republican Government in accepting Tokyo's surrender. In 1948 he served as Minister of National Defense and the following year he lead the professors and student of the Army Academy in following the Nationalist Government to Taiwan. After arriving in Taiwan, Mr. Hsu served as Administrative Consultant to the President's Office and retired as a Five-Star General of the Army. Mr Hsu began keeping a diary in 1916 and throughout periods of urgent military operations he never stopped. The diary in the Institute's archives encompasses the period from 1916 to 1959. Between 1916 and 1932 the diary was published in Beijing under the title “The Diary from Qiujizhai.” From 1933 onward the diary exists as a handwritten manuscript only and is comprised of 386 fascicles of approximately 3,000,000 characters.
The Diary of Tan Yan-kai
The Diary of Tan Yan-kai covers 22 years and contains approximately 2,500,000 characters. Tan Yan-kai was an important political figure near the end of the Qing Dynasty and in the early Republican period. He lived through the late Qing Railway Rights Movement, the Revolution of 1911, Yuan Shikai's attempt to become emperor, the Nationalist Government Northern Expedition, and other historically significant events. His diary could be taken as important evidence for the history of the early Republican Era. Mr. Tan is also known as a famous calligrapher of the late Qing-early Republican Era. The handwritten manuscript diary is also of artistic value and can be appreciated by people who love calligraphy. Besides accounts of daily life, the diary also touches upon a considerable number of realms of knowledge, such as poetry, Chinese medical prescriptions, the ancient books and classics, plays, antiques, stone rubbings, recipes, photography, and so forth, and is truly a rich source of broadly inclusive materials.