Tao Shu, a pioneer of humanistic pragmatism and westernization in the latter Qing Dynasty, is a representative of modern talents in Hunan. The book is mainly a biography focusing on academic research and commentary.
The book presents the lengendary figure Tao Shu from various perspectives in a true way. It is divided into five chapters: the 1st chapter introduces the education and family background of Tao Shu, the 2nd to 4th chapter clarify Tao Shu as a politician, a reformer, and an educator, and the last chapter shows the achievements in terms of philosophy, historiography, genealogy, textogy, and literature including poem writing.
Tao Yongshu, a retired professor in department of history, has published over two hundred academic essays along with various teaching materials about modern history in China and biography focusing on Tao Shu. He has also carried out the collation of ancient books about Tao Shu.
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