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Prof. Dr. Sabine Dabringhaus



Curriculum vitae



Focus of Research

  • Sinology and History

  • Especially the Sino-Manchurian Qing Empire (1644-1911) in the context of comparative imperial history

  • Court societies in Asia and Europe

  • Nationalism in China during the twentieth century as well as the history of Chinese humanities

  • Mao Zedong and the Communist revolution in China

  • The long-term political developments in the Chinese Republic (1912-1949)

  • The cultural bias of Chinese modernity

  • The history of Central Asia, especially Tibet and Mongolia as well as the history of Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia and the environmental history of China

  • Current Research Project:
    “Earthquake Relief and Knowledge Transfer in the Asian-Pacific Region in the 1920s: Chinese, Japanese and American Perspectives”
    “Cities and the Challenge of Water in Modern China” FRIAS Fokus Group 2020-2021




Selected Bibliography


Dabringhaus, Sabine: The Qing-Empire as a Vision and Reality. Tibet in the career and writings of Song Yun (1752-1835), Stuttgart, Steiner 1994. [expanded German edition of her dissertation]

Dabringhaus, Sabine: Territorial Nationalism in China. Historical-geographical thinking 1900-1949, Cologne, Weimar, Böhlnau 2006.

Dabringhaus, Sabine: Mao Zedong, Munich, C. H. Beck (C. H. Beck Wissen) 2008.

Dabringhaus, Sabine: The History of China before the Rule of Mongolians up to the Foundation of the People’s Republic of China. 3., revised and actualised Edition [1st Edition 2006], Munich, Oldenbourg Verlag 2015.


Articles and Book Contributions

Dabringhaus, Sabine: Power Struggles on the Roof of the World. Tibet between Chinese and British Imperialism (18.-20. Century), in: Asia in Modern Times. Seven Historial Stations, by Jürgen Osterhammel (Hg.), Frankfurt a. M., Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag 1994.

Dabringhaus, Sabine: The Boyer Revolte in China (1900/1901). The Militarisation of a cultural Missunderstanding, in: Barbarians and the White Devil. Cultural Missunderstandings and the European Imperialism in Asia, by Eva-Maria Auch and Stig Förster (Hg.), Paderborn, Schöningh 1997.

Dabringhaus, Sabine: Border-transgressing Identities: Nationalism and the Chinese Diaspora, in: Politics of Identity and Interculturality in Asia. A multi-disciplinary Mosaik, by Boike Rehbein, Jürgen Rüland and Judith Schlege (Hg.), Munster, LIT Verlag 2006.

Dabringhaus, Sabine: The Self in the Foreign. The Chinese Diaspora in the late Imperial Era, in: Self- and Foreigner-Images. Representation of Social Order in Transition, by Jörg Baberowski, Harmut Kaelble and Jürgen Schriewer, Frankfurt a. M. New York Campus 2008.

Dabringhaus, Sabine: The Monarch and Inner-Outer Dualism in Late Imperial China, in: Royal Courts in Dynastic States and Empires. A Global Perspective, by Jeroen Duindam, Tülay Artan and Metin Kunt (Hg.), Leiden/ Boston, Brill 2011.


Editorial Board

Dabringhaus, Sabine and Ptak, Roderich: China and Her Neighbours: Borders, Visions of the Other, Foreign Policy. Tenth to Nineteenth Century, Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz 1997.

Dabringhaus, Sabine and Duindam, Jeroen: The Dynastic Centre and the Provinces: Agents and Interactions, Leiden, Brill 2014.