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Introduction: Interpreting Chinese Modernity, 1900–1950

Yeh Wen-hsin

in Becoming Chinese

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520219236
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924413 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520219236.003.0020
Introduction: Interpreting Chinese Modernity, 1900–1950

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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the history of Chinese modernity during the period from 1900 to 1980. It examines the role of modernity in the transformation of Chinese identity and highlights the city and the nation as the twin loci for the construction of Chinese modernity. It discusses the politics of the Westernized educated professional, the transnational orientation of an emerging bourgeois class and the transformative capacity of the modernizing state.

Keywords: Chinese modernity; Chinese identity; city; nation; Westernized professionals; transnational orientation; bourgeois class; transformative capacity; modernizing state

Chapter.  13743 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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