New E-Resource – Shen Bao Digital Archive (1872-1949) – 申報

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge University members now have access to the Shen Bao Digital Archive (申報). Published in Shanghai between 1872 and 1949, this archive gives a unique insight into the transition of China from the nineteenth century until Mao.

Shen Bao newspaper front page with description in Chinese

Description from the publisher website:

“Established in 1872, Shen Bao (申報, historically transliterated as Shun Pao or Shen-pao) was the most influential and longest lasting commercial newspaper before the establishment of the People’s Republic. Published in Shanghai until 1949, Shen Bao was founded by Englishman Ernest Major, but, uniquely, as a newspaper for Chinese readers, written by Chinese reporters.

During its existence, Shen Bao gradually shifted from a conservative to a more liberal perspective, and played a pivotal role in the formation of public opinion in the imperial period and into the tumultuous beginnings of modern China. Shen Bao’s innovations in printing technologies, specialized use of the telegraph, and dispatch of special military correspondents gave it an edge.”

Shen Bao 申報 is also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

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