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The Horse-racing Arena and Modern Society of Hankou

Author: YaoXing
Tutor: WeiWenXiang
School: Central China Normal University
Course: Modern Chinese History
Keywords: West supplier racecourse Chinese businessmen racecourse Nations racecourse Hankou social Modern public space
CLC: K923
Type: Master's thesis
Year: 2009
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Abstract


Hankou 1861 Opening of trade, began the transition to a modern city from the traditional town, in the modern period the famous, is a typical city. Hankou was China's capital \Hankou society is disproportionate, it is based on the above reasons, the paper is selected as the research object Hankou racecourse. After carding a the Hankow three racecourse established in Chapter. The Englishman was originally established in Hankou West supplier racecourse, began the attempt to carry out the Happy Valley sports in Hankou, give the Hankow public brings new pastime; indignant at the discrimination of foreign merchants, in the Han Chinese businessmen to make preparations for the Hankou Huashang racecourse , making an already belongs to the exotic horse racing activities gradually localized; nations followed by Chinese and foreign business people to create a racecourse, three horse field at the same time start, Jockey craziest period, Hankou, Happy Valley, the industry has entered its golden age. Second chapter nations racecourse, horse racing schedule and run a brief classification of Hankou the racecourse Member Prospectus, race types, Sweepstake Lottery. The third chapter discusses the important impact of the racetrack for the the Hankou society brought. The Happy Valley gradually became one of the most representative of the social activities in Hankou, it has already gone beyond the simple function initially entertainment Athletic. From the economic construction, Jockey donate and obligations of the race can contribute to the development of the economy Hankou forces rise with the prevalence of horse racing at the same time also led to the economic development of the related industries. From urban construction, the racecourse introduction of European construction mode; racecourse also has a demonstration effect, played a role in promoting sports projects and the construction of public sports venues; impact of the construction of the racetrack, the expansion of the urban space, and increased scale of modern urban architecture in Hankou. The fourth chapter deals with the transformation of Happy Valley pastime racetrack is like a window to show the the Western leisure lifestyle, the impact of the people's traditional concept of leisure. Development of modern the Hankou commodity economy, the prosperity of the city life, and the entertainment industry developed, making the wind of betting on horse races prevalent in this, betting on horse races eroding the social body like a plague, for individuals, families and society had a profound the impact. Conclusion Hankou racecourse as Modern public space to visit. Racecourse as a material, visible tangible space, reflect the characteristics of openness, Volkswagen, Hankou city's leisure and entertainment center and social activities Plaza, places of public activities for the city residents share. Meanwhile, Hankou racecourse mutual game of power and capital public space, infiltration of the forces which is intertwined with a variety of interests relations and social capital relations. The racetrack is not only an integral part of people's living space, is also the stage Hankou city historical changes, shaping vivid image of the city.

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