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04 Sep 2015 - 15 Nov 2015

This autumn, The University Museum and Art Gallery is privileged to present “Mountains Ablaze: The Republic and the Sino-Japanese War 1912–1946”, an exhibition detailing the history of China during the first half of the twentieth century. Chinese history is World History, and the documents on display demonstrate that international connections, and public and diplomatic relations, are inseparable from China’s political and social developments.

This second sequence follows the first “Mountains Ablaze” exhibition, which focused on the late Qing dynasty and the eve of Imperial China. Connected with the rise of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the present edition concentrates on the enormous efforts that went into building a republic and the foreign contact that influenced the politics of the day and China’s reception for years to come.

Remarkable for the strength of its people and the vast changes achieved, China and its history are portrayed here through a rich and wide-ranging selection of original archival documents rarely seen before. We thank Mr. Shu Kong Soong for his generosity in sharing this collection with us, and hope that the material will inform and broaden our understanding of some of the most significant episodes in China’s past.


Letter by Sun Yat-Sen

 Dated: 22nd February 1897

 Ink on paper

 Signed: Sun Yat-sen

 L: 20.2 cm W: 26 cm


Portrait of Lou Tseng Tsiang

 Circa 1919

 Artist: Robert Kastor

 Inscribed and signed: Lou Tseng-tsiang

 Dated 28th June 1919

 L: 30.5 cm W: 24.9 cm


Menu of the Dinner to the Heads of Delegations to the General Assembly and the Security Council of the United Nations

 Dated 11th November 1946

 Signed: V. K. Wellington Koo, Ernest Bevin, A. Parodi

 L: 28.6 cm W: 22.6 cm

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