Journals Higher Education



Published: 17 March 2015

256 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199382262

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The Rise of Political Intellectuals in Modern China

May Fourth Societies and the Roots of Mass-Party Politics

Shakhar Rahav

  • Histories of China's May Fourth movement have focused on the seaboard metropoles of Beijing and Shanghai. This book is the first in English to look at the movement from the hinterland city of Wuhan. It thus highlights the ways in which hinterland activism helped shape the movement.
  • Rather than focusing on ideology or organization, the book explains the movement's success in terms of social relations and social networks.
  • Illuminates the period and better known activists, like Mao, from a fresh and unexpected angle.
  • Offers a narrative account that occurs in major hinterland city-Wuhan-and it circles around a unique protagonist-Yun Daiying-whose career intersected with that of well known figures who later acquired much significance, such as Mao Zedong.