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Introduction

Margherita Zanasi

in Saving the Nation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780226978734
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226978741 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226978741.003.0001
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This book provides an image of a Nationalist government deeply divided, debunking the prevalent interpretation that it was a monolithic political entity, firmly under the leadership of Jiang Jieshi and representing a unified view of nationhood. It concentrates on the intellectual foundation of the nation-building project initiated by Wang Jingwei and Chen Gongbo. It also shows how notions of modern nationhood and nation building shaped the institutions of the Nationalist state and the reforms launched by the Nanjing government. Next, it investigates how the idea of minzu economy was translated into actual reforms, abandoning the intellectual realm and coming to terms with the economic and social realities of the day. It is mostly concerned with the reforms carried out by the Cotton Control Commission (CCC). The collaborationist period is then considered. An overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords: nation-building; nationhood; Nationalist government; Jiang Jieshi; Wang Jingwei; Chen Gongbo; minzu; Cotton Control Commission

Chapter.  9506 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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