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Introduction <i>Crisis or Catalyst?</i>

Rana Mitter

in The Manchurian Myth

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221116
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923881 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520221116.003.0001
Introduction Crisis or Catalyst?

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This book has two main purposes: The first is to observe the reality of the occupation during the period when the Japanese-created state of Manchukuo was established and stabilized (1931–1933). The second purpose is to demonstrate the importance of the events of the early 1930s in the formation of modern Chinese nationalism. This study also suggests that the occupation presented China with a crisis different from previous instances of foreign intervention, as it demanded for the first time a clear choice between acquiescence and resistance to a full-scale occupation. It aims to put choices by the Manchurian Chinese themselves at the center of the emergent nationalism that arose from this crisis. Northeastern nationalists who fled Manchuria tried to pressure the government in Nanjing into sending troops to retake their homeland, and they chose to exert this pressure by portraying the crisis as an issue of national concern for all Chinese.

Keywords: Manchukuo; nationalism; China; Manchuria; Nanjing

Chapter.  8196 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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