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An Unfinished RepublicLeading by Word and Deed in Modern China$
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David Strand

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267367

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267367.001.0001

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Slapping Song Jiaoren

Slapping Song Jiaoren

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An Unfinished Republic

David Strand

University of California Press

The Chinese Revolution was significant for lasting so long and covering so much territory in and out China. It was conventionally thought to commence with the Opium War (1839–42) and end with the death of Mao Zedong in 1976. Among the areas of terrority might be the French Revolution, with its five Republics to 1958, and the American Revolution, understood as extending through the Civil War of 1861–65 to the Voting Rights of 1965. Fighting a long revolution took levels of courage, cunning, and endurance on the part of men and women like Tang, Lu, and Sun who made indecisive and faltering an occupational hazard and stubborn determination in defiance of reason, a sometimes unwelcome and uncomfortable virtue. The recent Nationalists, led by the young and charismatic male politician Song Jiaoren, had abandoned an earlier commitment to equal rights for women in a bid to win the support of conservative allies in the Senate. Women played a surprisingly important role in the early stages of the revolution.

Keywords:   Opium War, Civil War, Tang Lu, Nationalists, Song Jiaoren

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