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

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M.E. Sharpe, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 343 pages
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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. China's record of popular upheaval, moreover, stretches back well beyond this century, indeed all the way back to the third century B.C. This is a direct effect of the Confucian mandate of heaven which bestowed instant legitimacy on successful rebel leaders. 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.
  

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Contents

Predators and Protectors Strategies of Peasant Survival
3
Protective Rebellion Tax Protest in Late Qing China
47
Heterodox Rebellion? The Mystery of Yellow Cliff
76
Predatory Rebellion Bai Lang and Social Banditry
108
Skilled Workers and the Chinese Revolution Strikes Among Shanghai Silk Weavers 19271937
134
Labor Divided Sources of State Formation in Modern China
170
Contradictions under Socialism Shanghais Strike Wave of 1957
206
Working at CrossPurposes Shanghai Labor in the Cultural Revolution
238
Rural Violence in Socialist China
275
Casting a Chinese Democracy Movement Legacies of Social Fragmentation
309
Index
333
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Elizabeth J. Perry is Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute.

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