Popular Nationalism and the Fate of the Nation

Peter Hays Gries

in China's New Nationalism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780520232976
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931947 | DOI:
Popular Nationalism and the Fate of the Nation

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This chapter examines the motivation for popular nationalism in China. It explains that Chinese and Western observers of Chinese nationalism have long disagreed over who the agents of Chinese nationalism are. Chinese pundits ascribe agency to the masses, while Westerners point to the elites. The chapter highlights the tendency of Chinese commentators to describe Chinese nationalism as a mass or popular movement.

Keywords: popular nationalism; China; masses; elites; mass movement; Western observers; popular movement

Chapter.  7333 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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