Introduction to China British History Association
China British History Association (CBHA) is a mass academic society on British history registered at Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People's Republic of China. It was established in 1980. It is charged by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and attached to Institute of World History, CASS. Its secretariat locates in Department of History, Nanjing University. Currently, it has over 200 members.
The aim of the society: to unite researchers and teachers on British history all over China to study British history, promote academic discussion in the discipline, enhance the sharing of information, develop the friendship between Chinese and British people, make contribution to the modernization and the construction of spiritual civilization of China.
The scope of the society’s activity: mainland China
Activities of the society:
a. set forth and discuss major issues of British history studies; make plans to promote the study of British history.
b. organize aperiodic academic discussions; introduce latest news of British history studies.
c. organize its members to edit and translate historical materials and compose works.
d. evaluate the research and educational works of its members; recommend them to relevant institutes; discover historical talents and build up a team to research and teach British history.
f. communicate academic experiences and ideas with other academic institutes in China.
g. organize international communication.
h. edit and publish Correspondence of British History Studies.
Main activities since the society’s establishment: the society has held 7 annual conferences, many symposia and one international conference. The main issues discussed in these meetings include the decline of British federal slavery and the birth of capitalism, historical influence of British enclosure movement, the establishment of British constitutional monarchy and its evaluation, the significance and characters of the British capitalist revolution in the 17th century, the British industrial revolution and its social and economic effects, British reformation in the 19th century and its evaluation, the decline of Britain since the 20th century, the cause of the rise and fall of Britain, monetarism of Thatcher, the British Empire and the British Confederation, Trade Unionism in Britain, evaluation of historical figures, etc. These discussions improved the standard of the research and broadened Chinese historians’ academic vision.
Motivated by the united spirit, the members of the society have produced scores of monographs and textbooks on British history, thousands of papers and many translations.
The international reputation of the society keeps rising. Some famous members of the society have become members or honored members in oversea academic institutes. For instance, Juefei Wang, the former president of the society, has been received as correspondent or honored member by British Royal Historical Association and Society on British History in North America; Professor Rongtang Wang, a trustee of our society who has passed away, used to be received as a member by British Royal Historical Association. The secretary general and associate president, Professor Chengdan Qian, has also been received as a member by British Royal Historical Association. Some famous international historians, such as the couple of E.P. Thompson, Hobsbawm and Dickinson have been frequently invited by the members of the society to give lectures in China. In 1987, an international academic conference was held at Nanjing, Jiangsu Province by the society. Scores of experts from 8 countries took part in it to discuss the issue of the moderation of Britain. The conference papers form the collection of Modernization of British Society, Politics and Economy (published in 1990). Many members of the society has paid academic visits to Britain, the USA and other European countries. The study of British history in China is becoming more and more international.
Organization: The commanding institution of the society is the council elected by the representative meeting of its members. It opens every fourth year. The council serves as its executive office. Daily works are responsible to the standing council, which is made up of the director, associate director, secretory general and associate general.