Reconstructing Twentieth Century China by Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard

Reconstructing Twentieth Century China

EditorKjeld Erik Brodsgaard, David Strand

Hardcover | August 1, 1998

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This book, the result of a collaborative effort between scholars from Europe, Asia, and the US, argues that the central underlying theme of China's development trajectory in this century is `reconstruction' or jianshe, a keyword in twentieth-century Chinese political discourse. The impulse toreform and rebuild has erupted on a national scale every several years and include The May Fourth Movement, the Nanjing decade of 192737, The Yan'an reconsolidation and expansion of communism, the Great Leap Forward, the 1980 reforms, the Democracy Movement, and most recently, China's explodingeconomy. The contributions examine how a range of actorspolitical leaders, village reformers, government bureaucrats, entrepreneurs, women of child-bearing age, intellectuals, members of ethnic minorities, and local cadreshave reacted to these movements and transitions. They also highlight theimportance of the state at the local and central level and discuss the prospects for the continuous search for a national identity balanced between powerful nationalist traditions and manifest cultural diversity. In examining these crucial aspects the contributors rely on new material in the form oforiginal research and extensive fieldwork.

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Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard is at University of Copenhagen. David Strand is at Dickinson College.
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Title:Reconstructing Twentieth Century ChinaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198293119

ISBN - 13:9780198293118

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Table of Contents

1. Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard and David Strand: IntroductionPart I: State Control2. David Strand: Calling the Chinese People to Order: Sun Yat-Sen's Rhetoric of Development3. Ryosei Kokubun: The Essence of Contemporary Chinese Bureaucracy: Socialism, Modernization, and Political Culture4. Cecilia Milwertz: Control as Care: Interaction between Urban Women and Birth Planning Workers5. Susan Young: Ownership and Community Interest in China's Rural EnterprisesPart II: Civil Society6. Stig Thogersen: Reconstructing Society: Liang Shuming and the Rural Construction Movement in Shandong7. Thomas Gold: Bases for Civil Society in Reform China8. Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard: State and Society in Hainan: Liao Xun's Ideas on `Small Government, Big Society'9. Torstein Hjellum: Is a Participant Culture Emerging in China?Part III: National Identity10. David Strand: Party Policy and `National Culture': Towards a State-directed Cultural Nationalism in China?11. Mette Halskov Hansen: Fostering `Love of Learning': Naxi Responses to Ethnic Images in Chinese State Education12. Harald Bockman: China Deconstructs? The Future of the Chinese Empire-State in a Historical PerspectiveIndex