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

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Routledge, May 20, 2015 - History - 352 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. Moreover, China's record of popular upheaval stretches back well beyond this century, indeed all the way back to the third century B.C. 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

Strategies of Peasant Survival
3
Tax Protest in Late Qing China
47
3 Heterodox Rebellion? The Mystery of Yellow Cliff
76
Bai Lang and Social Banditry
108
Strikes Among Shanghai Silk Weavers 19271937
134
Sources of State Formation in Modern China
170
Shanghais Strike Wave of 1957
206
Shanghai Labor in the Cultural Revolution
238
9 Rural Violence in Socialist China
275
Legacies of Social Fragmentation
309
Index
333
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