Highlighting the interwoven relationship between Chinese rural society and larger historical forces, this book charts the evolution of China’s rural society from 1901 to 1949, concentrating on the major changes of this period and the scenarios developed to modernize rural society during the half century leading up to the Revolution.
The modern history of rural China is one of sweeping institutional and structural transformation across many dimensions. As the first half of the twentieth century unfolded, against a backdrop of turbulent changes across a country that underwent industrialization, urbanization and modernization, China’s agriculture, rural population and rural communities encountered many crises, but also showed remarkable resilience and capacity for adaptation and reform. In each of the six chapters, the author delves into one aspect or examines one period of this massive transformation, and identifies the social, economic, political and cultural signifi cance of these tumultuous processes at work.
The book will appeal to both scholars and general readers interested in modern Chinese history and the transformation of rural China.
Table of Contents
1. From Mass Uprising to Revolution: Rural Social Changes before and after the Revolution of 1911 2. Replacement of the Township System and Social Changes in Rural Areas 3. Rural Social Changes in the Process of Modernization 4. Historical Changes in Rural Social Structure and Social Stratification 5. Historical Changes in the Structure of Rural Power 6. Rural Crisis in the 1930s and Countermeasures
Wang Xianming is currently a professor in the History Department at Nankai University. His interests lie in the teaching and research of modern Chinese social history, cultural history and rural history, and he has received several national and ministerial achievement awards.