Intellectuals in Revolutionary China, 1921-1949: Leaders, Heroes and Sophisticates

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RoutledgeCurzon, 2005 - History - 328 pages
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In Communist Intellectuals in China, Hung-Yok Ip examines how communist intellectuals in China during the revolutionary period (1921-1940) constructed and presented identities for themselves. She looks at how these identities later allowed them to claim to be the serving elite of a revolution that sought to liberate the oppressed and bring about a better society. Not only does this book make a contribution to the history of the Chinese revolution, it also contributes to an understanding of the culture that was to be built in China after 1949.

Using memoirs, recollections and literary work that have only recently become available, Ip analyzes Communist intellectuals' self-construction form the functional, emotional aesthetic perspectives, and expands on how these historical agents fashioned the themes of Communist intellectuals as leaders, hero's and sophisticates.

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Hung-yok Ip is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Oregon State University.

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