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The Rise of the Fact and the Reimagining of China

TONG LAM

in A Passion for Facts

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267862
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950351 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520267862.003.0002
The Rise of the Fact and the Reimagining of China

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Mao Zedong, Chinese Communist Party leader, wrote about the significance of “seeking truth from facts” in guiding the Communist revolution in 1941. He described a brief that was already shared by Chinese intellectuals from a broad political spectrum. This chapter examines the rise and transformative power of the fact as a conceptual medium in China in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in order to provide a context to make sense of the profound cultural shift and consequences. The author emphasizes that both Europe and China had experienced rapid changes in the centuries leading up to their violent encounters in the nineteenth century.

Keywords: Mao Zedong; China; Europe; transformation

Chapter.  12542 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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