For anyone who would prefer not to read the 225-page version of my dissertation (and who can blame you?), the 500-word version is now up at the Visualising China blog. Visualising China is an online photo archive run by Professor Robert Bickers of the University of Bristol (who also wrote one of the China in World War I books I reviewed a few weeks back). They’re trying to post more regular features at their blog, asking guest authors to pick a photo from the archive and riff on it for a few paragraphs. I had a lot of fun digging through the archive and had a hard time picking just one picture to talk about—so you might see more Visualising China guest posts from me in the future.