Passages to Modernity and Beyond
Edited by Wen-Hsin Yeh
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Becoming Chinese by Wen-Hsin Yeh
Book DescriptionThis volume evaluates the dual roles of war and modernity in the transformation of twentieth-century Chinese identity. The contributors, all leading researchers, argue that war, no less than revolution, deserves attention as a major force in the making of twentieth-century Chinese history. Further, they show that modernity in material culture and changes in intellectual consciousness should serve as twin foci of a new wave of scholarly analysis. Examining in particular the rise of modern Chinese cities and the making of the Chinese nation-state, the contributors to this interdisciplinary volume of cultural history provide new ways of thinking about China's modern transformation up to the 1950s. Taken together, the essays demonstrate that the combined effect of a modernizing state and an industrializing economy weakened the Chinese bourgeoisie and undercut the individual's quest for autonomy. Drawing upon new archival sources, these theoretically informed, thoroughly revisionist essays focus on topics such as Western-inspired modernity, urban cosmopolitanism, consumer culture, gender relationships, interchanges between city and countryside, and the growing impact of the state on the lives of individuals. The volume makes an important contribution toward a postsocialist understanding of twentieth-century China.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520222182
(229mm x 152mm x 31mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 5-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Wen-Hsin Yeh
In the Shadow of the Rising Sun, Paperback (March 2009)
The authors of this 2004 volume examine the Chinese War of Resistance against the Japanese in the Shanghai area.
Shanghai Splendor, Paperback (August 2008)
Traces the evolution of a dazzling urban culture that became alternately isolated from and intertwined with China's tumultuous history. Focusing on Shanghai's leading banks, publishing enterprises, and department stores, this book sketches the rise of a maritime and capitalist economic culture among the city's middle class.
Provincial Passages, Hardback (June 1996)» View all books by Wen-Hsin Yeh
Revealing information that has been suppressed in the Chinese Communist Party's official history, this work presents a view of the Party's origins. It traces Chinese Communism's roots to the country's culturally conservative agrarian heartland.
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Author Biography - Wen-Hsin Yeh
Wen-hsin Yeh is Professor of History and Chair of the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Alienated Academy: Culture and Politics in Republican China, 1919-1937 (1990) and Provincial Passages: Culture, Space, and the Origins of Chinese Communism (California, 1996).
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