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An Unfinished Republic: Leading by Word and Deed in Modern China

David Strand


This reading of China's twentieth-century political culture argues that the Chinese Revolution of 1911 engendered a new political life—one that began to free men and women from the inequality and hierarchy that formed the spine of China's social and cultural order. Chinese citizens confronted their leaders and each other face-to-face in a stance familiar to republics worldwide. This shift in political posture was accompanied by considerable trepidation as well as excitement. Profiling three prominent political actors of the time—suffragist Tang Qunying, diplomat Lu Zhengxiang, and revolutionar ... More

Keywords: Chinese Revolution, inequality, hierarchy, Chinese citizens, republics, Tang Qunying, Lu Zhengxiang, Sun Yatsen, political performance, popular support

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520267367
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267367.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Strand, author