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:

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The Nanjing Decade was profoundly different from postwar Nationalist China because of the richness and diversity of ideas of political and economic modernity and because of the freedom enjoyed by intellectuals and political leaders to creatively combine elements from different trends without being afraid of going against the political line imposed by their parties. The Nanjing Decade witnessed the confrontation between Communists and Nationalists and also engagement with such fundamental themes as anti-imperialism and the relationships between rural hinterland and industrial coastal China. National economic reconstruction was the Wang-Song group's claim to political legitimacy. Nationalism played an important role in cementing the unity of state and society in the corporativist organization of the state. Today's China is not experiencing the urgency of the 1930s national crisis, and the Communist state is far more powerful and established than the Nationalist one ever was.

Keywords: Nanjing Decade; Nationalist China; anti-imperialism; China; political legitimacy; nationalism; corporativist organization

Chapter.  4205 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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