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Becoming Chinese: Passages to Modernity and Beyond

Wen-hsin Yeh


This volume evaluates the dual roles of war and modernity in the transformation of twentieth-century Chinese identity. The chapters argue that war, no less than revolution, deserves attention as a major force in the making of twentieth-century Chinese history. Further, they show that modernity in material culture and changes in intellectual consciousness should serve as twin foci of a new wave of scholarly analysis. Examining in particular the rise of modern Chinese cities and the making of the Chinese nation-state, the chapters provide new ways of thinking about China's modern transformation ... More

Keywords: China, Chinese identity, material culture, intellectual consciousness, modernization, industrialization, Chinese bourgeoisie, autonomy, urban cosmopolitanism, consumer culture

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Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520219236
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520219236.001.0001


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Wen-hsin Yeh, editor

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