ISCLH is pleased to announce member Fei-Hsien Wang was awarded the Peter Gonville Stein Award from the American Society for Legal History (ASLH) for her book, Pirates and Publishers: A Social History of Copyright in Modern China (Princeton University Press, 2019).
The citation reads:
This is a fascinating study of an important but underanalyzed topic– the contested and dynamic process of the emergence of “modern” copyright law in China from the 1890s through the 1950s. Highly innovative in its analysis and magisterially executed, the book offers a brilliant interdisciplinary history of how authors, publishers, booksellers, and readers negotiated with one another. Uncovering market practices in the “new knowledge” economy, Wang maps the everyday life of copyright and piracy in relation to the emerging modern state and “new knowledge.” This exceedingly rigorous, subtle, and well-researched book has major implications for understanding the interplay among law, society, culture, and politics not only in modern China but also in many places with similarly complicated experiences with modernity.https://aslh.net/2020-annual-meeting-prize-honors-and-fellowship-winners/
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