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Instability and Redefinition in the Wake of the 1911 Revolution

Timothy B. Weston

in The Power of Position

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780520237674
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929906 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520237674.003.0004
Instability and Redefinition in the Wake of the 1911 Revolution

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The collapse of the Qing dynasty in the fall of 1911 might reasonably have been expected to lead to the demise of the Jingshi daxuetang, given how closely the university was linked to the old regime. As before the revolution, following the collapse of the Qing dynasty, intellectuals were caught between shifting value systems. Officials within the Ministry of Education had been irritated with Yan Fu for some time and had even gone so far as to suggest that Cai Yuanpei be named chancellor in his place. He Jushi announced that preparatory-college graduates would no longer be entitled to advance automatically into the undergraduate college. Instead, they would now have to pass an entrance examination. Zhang Taiyan's disciples possessed a strong sense of group identity, which they developed while studying with their master in Tokyo in 1908 and 1909. Beijing University managed to keep its distance from Yuan Shikai.

Keywords: 1911 Revolution; Qing dynasty; Jingshi daxuetang; Yan Fu; Cai Yuanpei; He Jushi; Zhang Taiyan; Beijing University

Chapter.  15690 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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