China Made / Edition 1

China Made / Edition 1

by Karl Gerth
     
 

In the early twentieth century, China began to import and then to manufacture thousands of consumer goods. These commodities changed the life of millions of Chinese, but the influx of imports and the desires they created threatened many in China. Politicians worried about trade deficits and new consumer lifestyles. Intellectuals, inspired by Western political economy,… See more details below

Overview

In the early twentieth century, China began to import and then to manufacture thousands of consumer goods. These commodities changed the life of millions of Chinese, but the influx of imports and the desires they created threatened many in China. Politicians worried about trade deficits and new consumer lifestyles. Intellectuals, inspired by Western political economy, feared the loss of national sovereignty. And manufacturers wondered how they could survive the flood of inexpensive imports. This book argues that the responses of these groups to the emerging consumer culture helped define and spread modern Chinese nationalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674016545
Publisher:
Harvard University Asia Center, Publiications PRG
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Series:
Harvard East Asian Monographs Series, #224
Pages:
474
Product dimensions:
1.06(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Meet the Author

Karl Gerth is Assistant Professor of History at the University of South Carolina.

Table of Contents

Map, Table, and Figures
Introduction1
1The Crisis over Commodities and the Origins of the Movement29
2Nationalizing the Appearance of Men68
3The Movement and Anti-Imperialist Boycotts, 1905-1919125
4The Movement and Anti-Imperialist Boycotts, 1923-1937158
5Nationalistic Commodity Spectacles203
6Creating a Nationalistic Visuality in the Exhibition of 1928246
7Nationalizing Female Consumers285
8Manufacturing Patriotic Producers333
Conclusion355
Bibliography371
Index425

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