1911 in pictures

Via BibliOdyssey an exhibition of the prints of the 1911 revolution from Princeton.

Xinhai

The prints are great, if a little small. One thing that struck me was the disclaimer at the bottom of the first page. “The Princeton East Asian Library in no way supports the rhetoric or depictions that are presented on the prints.”

What is that supposed to mean? I can think of two possibilites.

1. As a notoriously conservative institution ((How many Princeton alums does it take to change a lightbulb?

Four. One to change the bulb and three to point out how much better the old bulb was.)) Princeton is opposed to the overthrow  of the Qing dynasty and is still hoping for the return of the Manchus.

2. Something other reason. But what could it be?

4 Comments

  1. My guess is that the Great MIT Flap over the Sino-Japanese War online exhibition was in their minds, or at least in the “minds” of their lawyers.

  2. –if a little small–

    Psst!…the trick: click the double arrowed icon next to the thumbnail icon to launch the html magnifying screen. Click on the legend screen to magnify one section of the print. Then right click on the print, select properties, copy that URL into a new tab or window address field. Delete everything from “X=” onwards from the URL and presto! – you will have a very large, complete image.

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