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Imagining the People
Chinese Intellectuals and the Concept of Citizenship, 1890-1920

ISBN 9780765600981
Published July 31, 1997 by Routledge
317 Pages

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Book Description

While much attention has been focused on the rise of the modern Chinese nation, little or none has been directed at the emergence of citizenry. This book examines thinkers from the period 1890-1920 in modern China, and shows how China might forge a modern society with a political citizenry.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors -- Introduction: Citizenship in China and the West /Peter Zarrow -- 1. Civic Associations, Political Parties, and the Cultivation of Citizenship Consciousness in Modem China /Liu Zehua and Liu Jianqing -- 2. Nationalism, Citizenship, and the Old Text /New Text Controversy in Late Nineteenth Century China /Anne Cheng -- 3. The People, People’s Rights, and Rebellion: The Development of Tan Sitong’s Political Thought /Ingo Schafer -- 4. Dynasty, State, and Society: The Case of Modem China /Murata Yujiro -- 5. From Civil Society to Party Government: Models of the Citizen’s Role in the Late Qing /Don C. Price -- 6. Publicists and Populists: Including the Common People in the Late Qing New Citizen Ideal /Joan Judge -- 7. Local Self-Government: Citizenship Consciousness and the Political Participation of the New Gentry-Merchants in the Late Qing /Ma Xiaoquan -- 8. Imagining “Society” in Early Twentieth-Century China /Michael Tsin -- 9. Liang Qichao and the Notion of Civil Society in Republican China /Peter Zarrow -- 10. Evolving Prescriptions for Social Life in the Late Qing and Early Republic: From Qunxue to Society /Wang Fan-shen -- Afterword: The People, a Citizenry, Modem China /Joshua A. Fogel -- Glossary of Chinese Characters -- Index.

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Joshua A. Fogel is professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His most recent book is The Literature of Travel in the Japanese Rediscovery of China, 1862—1945 (Stanford, 1996). Professor Fogel is currently a visiting professor at Kyoto University, where he is working on Chinese views of Japan in the Ming-Qing period. Peter Zarrow teaches in the School of History at the University of New South Wales. He is the author of Anarchism and Chinese Political Culture (Columbia, 1990); his Twentieth-Century China: An Interpretive History is forthcoming. The focus of Dr. Zarrow’s current research is the cultural and philosophical aspects of the fall of the Chinese monarchy in the early twentieth century.