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This book explores the development of late 19th century study societies in China against the context of the decline of the imperial Qing government and its control on ideological production, widespread social unrest, and intrusions by Western imperialist states. The author uncovers the history of civil society activism in China by examining the study societies in Shanghai, Beijing, and Hunan, which were organized around the goal of promoting and defending the Confucian religion. Illustrating a facet of the civil society that emerged in China as a reaction to the influences of Christianity, the modernization of Confucianism, and nationalist state formation, this study extends understanding of the unique and complex processes of Chinese political and cultural modernization in ways that differed from that of Western societies.

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  1. Half Title Page, Full Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xix-xl
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  1. 1. Civilization and its Double
  2. pp. 1-32
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  1. 2. Modernity, Nationalism and the Making
  2. pp. 33-56
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  1. 3. Religion, Society and the Reinvention of Confucian Civilization
  2. pp. 57-80
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  1. 4. Confucian Religion in Action
  2. pp. 81-108
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  1. 5. Nationalism, Military Citizenship and Civilization
  2. pp. 109-138
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  1. 6. From Social Practice to Political Action
  2. pp. 139-158
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  1. 7. Civilization and Social Transformation
  2. pp. 159-184
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  1. 8. Local Militarization, Semi-Colonial Commercialization and Patterns of Gentry Dominance
  2. pp. 185-204
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 205-222
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 223-248
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 249-266
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  1. Index of Names
  2. pp. 267-270
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  1. Index of Subjects
  2. pp. 271-276
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789882377165
Related ISBN
9789629966348
MARC Record
OCLC
1011626438
Pages
270
Launched on MUSE
2017-11-22
Language
English
Open Access
No
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