Travel and Social Changes in Modern Jiangnan

  • Zhou, Ye (Department of Ancient History, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences)
  • Received : 2020.12.01
  • Accepted : 2020.12.23
  • Published : 2020.12.31


Obviously the speed of dissemination of new, modern ideas in Jiangnan was closely related to the development of transportation. Looking back at the history, the backwardness of transportation in the early modern Jiangnan restrict the dissemination of new ideas in this region and then the situation changed a lot since the 1890s, when the spatial distance between Shanghai and Jiangnan was remarkably shortened, the dissemination of new ideas was accelerated, and the new ideas in return significantly influenced the Jiangnan society. It was the constantly improved transportation that facilitated the diversification of channels disseminating information and made the dissemination itself faster. As a consequence, the new ideas, knowledge, and things were rapidly disseminated and popularized in Jiangnan, thereby giving impetus to the social changes in this region.



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