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Republican BeijingThe City and Its Histories$
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Madeleine YueDong and Reginald E. Zelnik

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230507

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230507.001.0001

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Tradition: The City and the Nation

Tradition: The City and the Nation

(p.78) Chapter 3 Tradition: The City and the Nation
Republican Beijing

Madeleine Yue Dong

University of California Press

This chapter considers the pre- and post-1928 histories of Beijing/Beiping, and examines how tradition was affected by the reshaping of the urban form of Republican Beijing. It explains that the new local strategies which emerged to enable Beiping to deal with the relocation of the central administration associated with urban-form reshaping embodied a new national politics of cultural identity and nationalism. The chapter suggests that what happened to the imperial relics in Beiping during these years reveals much about the ways in which urban spaces and life were related to state politics, ideals of urban planning, and concerns about Chinese cultural identity.

Keywords:   Republican Beijing, Beiping, tradition, urban form, national politics, cultural identity, nationalism, imperial relics, urban spaces, state politics

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