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Chinese Modernity and the Peasant Path free pdf This ambitious work traces a social history of semicolonialism in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century China. It takes as its central concern the intertwining of two antagonistic forces: elite constructions of modernity shaped globally, and an alternate line of peasant resistance and development. Nantong county and the northern portion of the commercially advanced Yangzi Delta form its focal points. Lying in the hinterland of and connected in myriad ways with the treaty port of Shanghai, which in the late nineteenth century became the center of imperialist activity in China, the northern delta is an ideal locale for examining how the acquisition, transmission, and contestation of power may have changed during the extended moment of semicolonial encounter. The author s specific project is to unravel the multiple strands of the semicolonial process and thereby the dominant and alternative histories it embodied. In emphasizing semicolonialism as a structural context shaping events, the book opens up a pivotal but silent area in the history of modern China. In confronting the development of capitalism as a historical phenomenon and suggesting that its consequences for land and labor on a global scale need greater theoretical and historical scrutiny, the book forces a new understanding of China s modernity.

About Kathy Le Mons Walker

Kathy Le Mons Walker is Associate Professor of History at Temple University. She is a coauthor (with Philip C. C. Huang and Lynda Shaeffer Bell) of Chinese Communists and Rural Society, 1929-1934.

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Author : Kathy Le Mons Walker
Publisher : Stanford University Press
Data Published : 31 July 1999
ISBN : 0804729328
EAN : 9780804729321
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 424 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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