Love for Revolution

Susan L. Glosser

in Chinese Visions of Family and State, 1915-1953

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780520227293
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926394 | DOI:
Love for Revolution

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In 1949, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) came to power, and long before 1950, had turned its attention to marriage issues. It had implemented some marriage reforms first in Jiangxi Soviet (1936–1934) and later in the areas around its headquarters in Ya'an (1936–1947). Kay Ann Johnson, who has devoted a great deal of attention to the CCP's marriage policy, has said that they failed to push for women's rights and marriage reform because, when forced to choose between revolutionary principles and political expediency, the CCP consistently chose the latter, and, as a result, the marriage and land policies as they applied to women were not implemented. On April 30, 1950, The Central Committee passed the Marriage Law as one of its legislative actions. The law took effect the same day, and the government began a propaganda campaign that carried new ideals of marriage and family.

Keywords: Chinese Communist Party; family; marriage reforms; CCP's marriage policy; women; revolution

Chapter.  11527 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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