９月15日、米国の中国史家Frederic Wakeman Jr.（中国名：魏斐徳）氏が死去。享年68歳。氏の代表作には、上海における国民党の特務活動の研究があるが、上海で来週開催される「世界中国学論壇」に出席し、基調講演を行う予定であったが、８月末に病重くて出席不可能という通知があったばかりだという。
また、San Francisco Chronicleの記事；
Frederic Wakeman, Chinese history scholar, dies at age 68
By UC Berkeley Media Relations | 19 September 2006
BERKELEY – Frederic Evans Wakeman Jr., an eminent University of California, Berkeley, emeritus professor of Chinese history, died at his home in Lake Oswego, Ore., on Sept. 14. He was 68.
The cause of death was cancer, said his wife, He Lea Wakeman.
During the 1970s and '80s, Wakeman played a pivotal role in the opening of scholarly exchanges between the United States and China, according to Joseph Esherick, professor of history at the University of California, San Diego and one of Wakeman's former students.
In 1978, as educational adviser of the U. S. Inter-Agency Negotiating Team on Chinese-American International Exchanges, Wakeman helped ensure that the Chinese desire for scientific and technical exchanges with the United States would be matched by an opening of research opportunities in China for American scholars in the social sciences and humanities, Esherick said.
In subsequent years, Wakeman served on and chaired many of the committees that worked to expand cultural and scholarly relations with China.
But it was as a writer of influential books that Wakeman's influence was the greatest. His historical writings ranged from the 17th century origins of the last Chinese dynasty to the philosophical foundation of Mao Zedong's thought.
Considered by colleagues to be a meticulous researcher and a master of many languages, Wakeman was known for his detailed narratives of the complex social, political and personal dynamics that lay behind the critical turning points in Chinese history.
"Wakeman is one of the finest historians ever to work at UC Berkeley and one of the campus' greatest scholars of any discipline in the current generation," said David A. Hollinger, chair of the campus's Department of History.
Wakeman's first monograph, "Strangers at the Gate: Social Disorder in South China, 1839-1861" (1966), was a pioneering work of local history that explored the social unrest affecting the Canton region in the wake of the Opium War. His 1973 book, "History and Will: Philosophical Perspectives of the Thought of Mao Tse-tung," explored the philosophical influences on Mao's thought - from Zhuangzi to Marx, from neo-Confucians to neo-Hegelians - probing sources ranging from the textbook Mao used in college to his poetry during the Cultural Revolution.
Wakeman's most famous work was "The Great Enterprise: The Manchu Reconstruction of Imperial Order in Seventeenth-Century" (1985). This two-volume narrative history of court debates and literati culture was honored in 1987 with the Joseph R. Levenson Prize of the Association for Asian Studies, which called it "a monumental work [of] extraordinary scope, ambition, and narrative power... a true history written with an awareness of world events and global connections."
In recent years, Wakeman's work focused on the political history of 20th century China, with particular attention to Shanghai and the modernizing Chinese states' preoccupation with issues of public security.
"Policing Shanghai, 1927-1937" (1995), "The Shanghai Badlands: Wartime Terrorism and Urban Crime, 1937-1941 (1996)," and his most recent book, "Spymaster: Dai Li and the Chinese Secret Service" (2004), explored the nature of Nationalist Party rule in the years before the Communist revolution.
"Fred to me was always an enchanting mixture of troubadour and secret agent," said Yale University professor Jonathan Spence. "His finest books were large in every sense: in length and in spirit, jammed with incident, relayed with emotion. He was a total story-teller, and tracking his tales through their webs of detail and their unexpected juxtapositions was always a fascinating task.
"He chose, like the novelist he really wanted to be, stories that split into different currents, and swept the reader along, into and out of long, action-packed footnotes, into which he tucked whole subplots as glosses on his main text. To me, Fred was quite simply the best modern Chinese historian of the last 30 years."
Upon his retirement from UC Berkeley in June 2006, Wakeman was honored with the campus's highest award, the Berkeley Citation. Wakeman taught at UC Berkeley for his entire career, beginning in 1965.
Wakeman received many honors for his scholarly contributions. He was elected a fellow of the American Philosophical Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served in 1992-1993 as president of the American Historical Association, and from 1986 to 1989 as president of the Social Science Research Council.
Born in Kansas City on Dec. 12, 1937, Wakeman left the American heartland when but a few months old, and his youthful schooling was distinctly international. His father, Frederic Evans Wakeman Sr., was a successful novelist who led his family on a peripatetic life so that the young Frederic attended school in New York City, Cuernavaca, Bermuda, Santa Barbara, Havana, France and Ft. Lauderdale. Adjusting easily to instruction in Spanish and French, Wakeman picked up smatterings of Italian and Portuguese during summer vacations and learned some Latin at his British grammar school in Bermuda.
In 1955, Wakeman entered Harvard College, where he majored in European history and literature, adding German and Russian to his repertoire, and graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He turned to Chinese studies while studying at the Institut d'etudes politiques in Paris, then earned his Ph.D. in Far Eastern history at UC Berkeley in 1965, mastering Chinese and Japanese in the process. Along the way, in 1962 he published a novel, "Seventeen Royal Palms Drive," under the name of Evans Wakeman.
Wakeman is survived by his wife, He Lea Wakeman, of Lake Oswego, Ore.; three children, Frederic Wakeman III of London, England, Matthew Wakeman of Kensington, Calif., and Sarah Wakeman of Providence, Rhode Island; two grandchildren; and his sister, Sue Farquhar of Blacksburg, Va.
A memorial service will be held on the UC Berkeley campus in early November.
Frederic Evans Wakeman Jr. -- leading scholar on China
- Rick DelVecchio, Chronicle Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Frederic Evans Wakeman Jr., one of the nation's top China scholars and a researcher of rare prodigiousness, has died at his home in Lake Oswego, Ore.
The cause of death on Sept. 14 was cancer, according to his wife, He Lea Wakeman.
He was 68 and had retired from a 40-year career as a UC Berkeley professor of Chinese history only last June.
Professor Wakeman had completed the manuscript of his latest book, "Red Star Over Shanghai," shortly before his death, said a close friend, Irv Scheiner, a retired Cal history professor.
Professor Wakeman's combination of skills -- his ability to ferret out records from obscure local archives, his storytelling gift, his knack for putting people at the heart of his writing, his fluency in four languages, his analytical ability and his intellectual scope covering 500 years of Chinese history -- secured his place at the peak of his field.
"People would say he was probably the greatest modern China historian of the last 30 years and among the best all-around historians of the last decade," Scheiner said.
Professor Wakeman, who was widely sought as a consultant, helped open scholarly exchanges between the United States and China in the 1970s and served as educational adviser of the U.S. Inter-Agency Negotiating Team on Chinese-American International Exchanges. In later years, he was a leader among his peers in working to expand cultural and scholarly ties with China.
As a historian, he had his greatest impact as an interpreter of Chinese history from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
His books, written for other scholars but rich with human drama and novelistic detail, described topics as diverse as the fall of the Ming Dynasty in 1644, the decay of its successor dynasty in the 19th century, unrest in China's Canton region after the Opium War, the philosophical influences on Mao Zedong and the role of the police in the extension of republican authority in the 20th century Chinese republican state.
The work considered Professor Wakeman's finest, "The Great Enterprise: The Manchu Reconstruction of Imperial Order in Seventeenth-Century China" (1985), won the Joseph R. Levenson Prize of the Association for Asian Studies. The two-volume masterpiece was the first scholarly narrative depicting the Manchu conquest and the fall of the Ming Dynasty.
"A monumental work," the Levenson prize committee said, "synthesizing a wide range of Chinese, Japanese and Western sources. It shows extraordinary scope, ambition and narrative power."
In later books such as "Policing Shanghai, 1927-1937" (1995), "The Shanghai Badlands: Wartime Terrorism and Urban Crime, 1937-1941 (1996)," and "Spymaster: Dai Li and the Chinese Secret Service" (2004), Professor Wakeman focused on 20th century Chinese political history with a particular interest in how security shaped the modern state.
His books changed the way people looked at Chinese history, said David A. Hollinger, the chair of UC Berkeley's history department.
"And what most impressed a lot of people was the incredible range and depth of his histories," Hollinger said. "So here's a guy who's ranging all the way from the 15th century to the 20th century. And he has a kind of omnivorous absorption of every kind of detail."
Hollinger said if Professor Wakeman's teacher Joseph R. Levenson was a Mozart among historians, then Professor Wakeman was a Balzac -- a scholar whose narratives were as broad as they were bursting with human detail.
"He had the brainpower and the work ethic," Hollinger said. "A friend of mine got up in the middle of the night as his houseguest and found him at his desk at 3 a.m. That's when he was doing his scholarship.
"There are some human beings," Hollinger said, "who manage to get more done in the average millisecond than the rest of us. He was one of those."
He Lea Wakeman said Monday that she was making her way through a laundry basket full of letters she and her husband received from around the world during his illness.
"People say that with his passing a generation is gone -- the great generation that is patriotic and giving and can get people together. So few people are left like this," she said.
"He was so full, and the fullness of him was beyond anything I had ever encountered," she said. "And laughter -- he treats everyone the same, and he's capable of laughing at a very solemn, elegant dinner table."
Professor Wakeman taught at UC Berkeley for his entire career, beginning in 1965. He was elected a fellow of the American Philosophical Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and served terms as president of the American Historical Association and the Social Science Research Council.
When he retired from Cal in June 2006, he received the campus' highest award, the Berkeley Citation.
He was born in Kansas City in 1937 but spent only the first few months of life there as his father, the novelist Frederic Evans Wakeman Sr., frequently moved his family -- in the United States and overseas.
In 1955, the younger Wakeman entered Harvard College, majoring in European history and literature and studying German and Russian. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
He turned to Chinese studies while studying at the Institut d'etudes politiques in Paris, where he had a fellowship. He earned his doctoral degree in East Asian history at UC Berkeley in 1965.
In addition to his wife, Professor Wakeman is survived by three children, Frederic Wakeman III of London, Matthew Wakeman of Kensington and Sarah Wakeman of Providence, R.I.; two grandchildren; and his sister, Sue Farquhar of Blacksburg, Va.
A memorial service will be held on the UC Berkeley campus in early November.
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