The Making of the Republican Citizen: Political Ceremonies and Symbols in China 1911-1929

Hardcover | March 16, 2000

byHenrietta Harrison

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What does it mean to be Chinese? How did the major political events of the early 20th century affect the everyday lives of ordinary people in China? This book uses a wealth of new sources, including newspapers, memoirs, interviews, and photographs, to look at the political history of theperiod and to understand the ways in which politics intersected with the thoughts and feelings of ordinary people. To be a modern citizen of the Chinese republic meant repudiating much of the very ritual that had previously defined one as Chinese. As we follow the changes in everyday life, rangingfrom the unbinding of women's feet to the commemoration of the events of the a new republican history, we see the complex interactions between an ever more activist state and its new citizens.

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What does it mean to be Chinese? How did the major political events of the early 20th century affect the everyday lives of ordinary people in China? This book uses a wealth of new sources, including newspapers, memoirs, interviews, and photographs, to look at the political history of theperiod and to understand the ways in which politi...

Henrietta Harrison is Fulford Junior Research Fellow at St Anne's College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:March 16, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198295197

ISBN - 13:9780198295198

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Table of Contents

IntroductionMoving the Revolution Beyond Politics: The 1911 Revolution and the Common ManThe Republican CitizenThe Republican State and the National CommunityThe Death of Sun Yatsen: Heroes, Villains, and the Creation of National HistoryThe Citizens' RevolutionThe State Burial of Sun Yatsen and the Disappearance of the Common ManConclusionGlossaryBibliographyIndex

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`splendidly specific and thought-provoking book.' Mary Backus Rankin, China Quarterly, Vol.163, 2000.