Challenging the Mandate of Heaven: Social Protest and State Power in China

Challenging the Mandate of Heaven: Social Protest and State Power in China

by Elizabeth J. Perry
     
 

Social science theories of contentious politics have been based almost exclusively on evidence drawn from the European and American experience, and classic texts in the field make no mention of either the Chinese Communist revolution or the Cultural Revolution -- surely two of the most momentous social movements of the twentieth century. Moreover, China's record of… See more details below

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Social science theories of contentious politics have been based almost exclusively on evidence drawn from the European and American experience, and classic texts in the field make no mention of either the Chinese Communist revolution or the Cultural Revolution -- surely two of the most momentous social movements of the twentieth century. Moreover, China's record of popular upheaval stretches back well beyond this century, indeed all the way back to the third century B.C. This book, by bringing together studies of protest that span the imperial, Republican, and Communist eras, introduces Chinese patterns and provides a forum to consider ways in which contentious politics in China might serve to reinforce, refine or reshape theories derived from Western cases.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765604446
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/31/2002
Series:
Asia and the Pacific Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Predators and Protectors: Strategies of Peasant Survival3
2Protective Rebellion: Tax Protest in Late Qing China47
3Heterodox Rebellion? The Mystery of Yellow Cliff76
4Predatory Rebellion: Bai Lang and Social Banditry108
5Skilled Workers and the Chinese Revolution: Strikes Among Shanghai Silk Weavers, 1927-1937134
6Labor Divided: Sources of State Formation in Modern China176
7Contradictions under Socialism: Shanghai's Strike Wave of 1957206
8Working at Cross-Purposes: Shanghai Labor in the Cultural Revolution238
9Rural Violence in Socialist China275
10Casting a Chinese "Democracy" Movement: Legacies of Social Fragmentation309
Index333

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