Imagining the People: Chinese Intellectuals and the Concept of Citizenship, 1890-1920
Chinese (mainland and Taiwan), European, Japanese, Canadian, and North American scholars address a subject of increasing interest in modern Chinese and world history: the emergence of a modern citizenry. While much attention has focused to date on the rise of the modern Chinese nation, little or none has been directed at the important concomitant element of a politically active "citizenry" and what that might mean in a Chinese context. After a detailed introduction by the editors on this theme in Western and East Asian theory and practice, each essay examines a thinker or group of thinkers from the crucial transition period in modern China, 1890-1920, and assesses their views on how China might forge a modern society with a participatory political citizenry.
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Page 26 - Strand, there is no doubt that "by the end of the twenties, a major proportion of city people in China had reached a level of political consciousness commensurate with their formal status as citizens of a...
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Page 35 - Moreover, and it is this which shall interest us here, the nation state laid the foundations for cultural and ethnic homogeneity on the basis of which it then proved possible to push ahead with the democratization of government since the late eighteenth century, although this was achieved at the cost of excluding ethnic minorities.
Page 17 - Liang used the term xinmin to refer to both the renewal of the people and to a new citizenry. The renewal of the people, meaning essentially their moral rectification, was of course a central Confucian value, explicitly expressed in the Great Learning (Daxue), an ancient text incorporated into the basic educational curriculum by Zhu Xi ( 1 1 30- 1 200).