Shifu, Soul Of Chinese Anarchism by Edward S. KrebsShifu, Soul Of Chinese Anarchism by Edward S. Krebs

Shifu, Soul Of Chinese Anarchism

byEdward S. Krebs

Paperback | October 1, 1998

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The most comprehensive study of Shifu available, this valuable work explores the life and political milieu of a central figure in Republican China. Born in 1884, Shifu was brought down in 1915 by overwork, poverty, and tuberculosis. Yet during that short span, he became the most influential anarchist of his time. Drawing on a wealth of primary source material, Krebs provides an intellectual biography of this committed revolutionary and analyzes the importance of Shifu's thought during the New Culture-May Fourth years as his followers fought for influence with the Marxists and later over the issue of alliance with the Nationalists. Placing Shifu's life within the dynamic intellectual and political currents of the time, the author describes Shifu's early work as an assassin within the anti-Qing movement. Examining the influence on Shifu of Confucianism and Buddhism, Krebs highlights reform Buddhism's close relationship with revolutionary activism. Most significantly, Shifu's unflagging work to propagate anarchism during the early years of the Republic and his interactions with other socialists reveal a hitherto unknown level of activity among socialist revolutionaries. This important book thus offers fresh insights not only into the anarchist movement itself, but into the broader history of Chinese socialism as well.
Edward S. Krebs is an independent scholar and translator based in Georgia.
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Title:Shifu, Soul Of Chinese AnarchismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 8.98 × 5.96 × 0.94 inPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0847690156

ISBN - 13:9780847690152

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Daring to Die: A Life of Shifu Chapter 2 Anarchism in Europe and in China: Themes Reasserted and Themes Adapted Chapter 3 Assassination and Radical Ideology: Liu Sifu's Route to Anarchism Chapter 4 Liu's Prison Essays Chapter 5 Return to Assassination Chapter 6 Socialism Narrow and Broad: Shifu's Comrade-Rivals in the Early Republic Chapter 7 The New Beginning: Shifu Launches the Conscience Society at Guangzhou Chapter 8 Renewal at Shanghai: The Culmination of Shifu's Career Chapter 9 Shifu's Legacy: Anarchism in the New Culture Years Chapter 10 Shifting Ground, Slippery Footing: Anarchists versus Communists and Nationalists During the 1920s Chapter 11 Conclusion: Shifu, Whole-Souled Anarchist

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Edward Krebs . . . has added a lively and highly readable biography of Shifu (1884-1915) to the growing literature on Chinese anarchism. . . . Its theses are well argued and supported. The writing is clear, elegant, and from the heart. . . . Krebs achieves a fine balance between touching tribute and dispassionate evaluation of Shifu's strengths and weaknesses.