Region and Nation: The Kwangsi Clique in Chinese Politics, 1925-1937

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Cambridge University Press, 1974 - China - 276 pages
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A study of the tensions between region and nation in Republican China. Diana Lary gives a detailed examination of Kwangsi province in south-west China, the home base of a major warlord clique that was important both for its interesting internal politics and for its national influence in the late 1920s and the 1930s. She reconstructs with imagination and thoroughness the intricate political and military history of the nation, but without losing sight of the overall regional character of the Kwangsi government and its policies. She shows how the regional leaders responded to central breakdown, what sense they had of the nation even in its weakened condition. China is usually studied as a monolithic entity; Diana Lary demonstrates that such a simple view must fail, that China also consists of a large number of distinct regions with special patterns of relationship to the centre.
 

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Contents

The country boys
34
Towards the revolution
43
Soldiers of the revolution
64
Kwangsi 19261929
88
the Kwangsi Clique after the Northern
115
The first defeat
129
Back to the province
148
Reconstruction
163
The second defeat
194
Conclusion
211
A chronology of events in China 19111936 with particular
220
Select bibliography
250
Glossary
260
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Diana Lary is Professor of History, affiliated with Centre of Chinese Research, Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. Her recent publications include, with Thomas Gottschang, Swallows and Settlers: The Great Migration from North China to Manchuria (2000) and, with Stephen MacKinnon, The Scars of War: The Impact of War on Chinese Society (2001).

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