Journal of National Essence (國粹學報)

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The Journal of National Essence (國粹學報) was published  monthly  from 1905 to 1911  in Shanghai at the end of the Qing dynasty by the  國粹派 or the National Essence Group.

The National Essence Group held a conservative  view and view on political and cultural reform of China tried to identify the national essence of China in order to show the uniqueness of Chinese culture. The journal had seven sections of which four focused on China’s “national essence”  :

  • Politics (zhengpian政篇)
  • History (shipian史篇)
  • Teaching and learning (xuepian學篇, or more literally “approaches to study”)
  • Literature (wenpian文篇)

Two years after the journal’s initial publication, two additional topical sections were added:

  • Art (Meishu美術)
  • Natural Science (Bowu博物, literally, “knowledge about things”)

The journal articles were written in classical Chinese.

This database is made available by the National Central Library (Taipei) via the Taiwan Resource Centre for Chinese Studies (TRCCS) programme.

Journal of National Essence (國粹學報)