A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World

A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World

by Rana Mitter
     
 

In this powerful new look at modern China, Rana Mitter goes back to a pivotal moment in Chinese history to uncover the origins of the painful transition from pre-modern to modern. Mitter identifies May 4, 1919, as the defining moment of China's twentieth-century history. On that day, outrage over the Paris peace conference triggered a vast student protest that led

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In this powerful new look at modern China, Rana Mitter goes back to a pivotal moment in Chinese history to uncover the origins of the painful transition from pre-modern to modern. Mitter identifies May 4, 1919, as the defining moment of China's twentieth-century history. On that day, outrage over the Paris peace conference triggered a vast student protest that led in turn to "the May Fourth Movement." Just seven years before, the 2,000-year-old imperial system had collapsed. Now a new group of urban, modernizing thinkers began to reject Confucianism and traditional culture in general as hindrances in the fight against imperialism, warlordism, and the oppression of women and the poor. Forward-looking, individualistic, and embracing youth, this "New Culture movement" made a lasting impact on the critical decades that followed. Throughout each of the dramatically different eras that followed, the May 4 themes persisted, from the insanity of the Cultural Revolution to China's recent romance with space-age technology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192806055
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/25/2005
Series:
Making of the Modern World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
378
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue
Tian'anmen Square, 1989
1. Flashpoint - Beijing, May Fourth, 1919
2. Saving the Nation: the era of the May Fourth Movement
3. Erasing the past: iconoclasm and the destruction of tradition
4. Ugly Chinamen and Dead Rivers
5. Making a stand: the lure and limits of democracy
Epilogue
The Legacy of May Fourth

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