Tradition: The City and the Nation

Madeleine Yue Dong

in Republican Beijing

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520230507
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927636 | DOI:
Tradition: The City and the Nation

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This chapter considers the pre- and post-1928 histories of Beijing/Beiping, and examines how tradition was affected by the reshaping of the urban form of Republican Beijing. It explains that the new local strategies which emerged to enable Beiping to deal with the relocation of the central administration associated with urban-form reshaping embodied a new national politics of cultural identity and nationalism. The chapter suggests that what happened to the imperial relics in Beiping during these years reveals much about the ways in which urban spaces and life were related to state politics, ideals of urban planning, and concerns about Chinese cultural identity.

Keywords: Republican Beijing; Beiping; tradition; urban form; national politics; cultural identity; nationalism; imperial relics; urban spaces; state politics

Chapter.  9468 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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