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In Search of Chinese Democracy : Civil Opposition in Nationalist China, 1929-1949 - Edmund S. K. Fung

In Search of Chinese Democracy

Civil Opposition in Nationalist China, 1929-1949

Hardcover Published: 11th February 2000
ISBN: 9780521771245
Number Of Pages: 426

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Edmund Fung examines an important phase of development in China's long quest for democracy. The momentum for democracy, he contends, grew strongest between 1929 and 1949 through civil opposition to the one-party rule of the Guomindang. The Nationalist era contained the germs of a reformist, liberal order, the legacy of which can be seen in the pro-democracy movement of the post-Mao period. This book fills an important gap in the historical literature on Chinese intellectuals between May Fourth radicalism and the Chinese Communists' accession to power.

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"This book by Edmund S. K. Fung builds on Andrew J. Nathan's Chinese Democracy (1986) with a fascinating history of liberal and democratic thought in the 1930s and 1940s, combined with a detailed study of the various democratic parties and institutions of the period...The book begins with an excellent introduction to the period...This book is at its best as a work of intellectual history...As a major contribution to our understanding of democracy in twentieth century China, it should be of interest to political scientists as much as to historians." American Historical Review "The book, on the whole, is well written and clear...In sum, this is an extremely interesting study of the 'hitherto little-known story'...It is a tour de force, a truly impressive piece of scholarship." The China Journal

The dictatorial regime
Setting the opposition agenda: the issue of human rights, 1929-1931
The National Emergency 1932-1936: Political and intellectual responses
In defense of democracy 1933-1936
An abortive democratic experiment: the people's political council, 1939-1945
Wartime democratic thought
The third force movement: the Chinese democratic league, 1941-1945
'Peace, democracy, unification, and reconstruction' 1946
The last stand of Chinese liberalism
Selected bibliography
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521771245
ISBN-10: 0521771242
Series: Cambridge Modern China (Hardcover)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 426
Published: 11th February 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.26  x 2.92
Weight (kg): 0.71

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