This innovative work is the first to approach the awakening of China as a historical problem in its own right, and to locate this problem within the broader history of the rise of modern China. It analyzes the link between the awakening of China as a historical narrative and the awakening of the Chinese people as a political technique for building a sovereign and independeThis innovative work is the first to approach the awakening of China as a historical problem in its own right, and to locate this problem within the broader history of the rise of modern China. It analyzes the link between the awakening of China as a historical narrative and the awakening of the Chinese people as a political technique for building a sovereign and independent state. In sum, it asks what we mean when we say that China “woke up” in this century.The book follows the legend of China’s awakening from its origins in the European imagination, to its transmission to China and its encounters with a lyrical Chinese tradition of ethical awakening, to its incorporation and mobilization in a mass movement designed to wake up everyone. Fiction and fashion, architecture and autobiography, take their places alongside politics and history, and the reader is asked to move about among writers, philosophers, ethnographers, revolutionaries, and soldiers who would seem to have little in common.The book focuses on the Nationalist movement in south China, highlighting the role of Sun Yat-sen as director of awakenings in the Nationalist Revolution and the place of Mao Zedong as his successor in the politics of mass awakening. Of special interest is the previously untold story of Mao’s role in the Nationalist Propaganda Bureau, showing Mao as a master of propaganda and discipline, rather than as peasant movement activist....
|Title||:||Awakening China: Politics, Culture, and Class in the Nationalist Revolution|
|Number of Pages||:||480 Pages|
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Awakening China: Politics, Culture, and Class in the Nationalist Revolution Reviews
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This is a valuable and yet somewhat schizophrenic book. We can easily divide it into part one, a cultural history of "awakening" and part two, an institutional history of KMT during the Nationalist Revolution. What is more, there is no clear thematic connection between these two parts. Cultural historians might say that the most interesting part of the book is the first half, while a scholar studying institutional history will definitely argue that the second half is the most meaty part. The last three chapters offer insightful analysis, for example, a discussion of Mao's role in the KMT Propaganda Bureau and a revisionist opinion of Chen Jiongming, based on Fitzgerald's dissertation research. But I find more inspiration from the first three chapters, which brings up many motifs of 'awakening' and invites further research.
I don't understand why this is a book on history of China. I'd say it's a cultural studies of China with a historical perspective. This book won Leveson Prize in 1998 which may hint to us the trend of historical studies is to get theory-heavy. The content of the book can be easily inferred from the title: it traces the shifts and continuities in the metaphor of awakening China.