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Author Forster, Elisabeth, 1985- author

Title 1919--the year that changed China : a new history of the New Culture Movement / Elisabeth Forster
Edition First edition
Published Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, Oldenbourg, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Transformations of modern China, 2511-6029 ; volume 2
Transformations of modern China. 2511-6029 ; volume 2
Contents Early 1919: Reforms to save the nation -- May 4, 1919: Rumors and conspiracy theories -- Late 1919: Marketing with the New Culture Movement -- The 1920s and 1930s: The limits of the new culture movement -- 1919 to 2016: Canonizing a buzzword
Summary The year 1919 changed Chinese culture radically, but in a way that completely took contemporaries by surprise. At the beginning of the year, even well-informed intellectuals did not anticipate that, for instance, baihua (aprecursor of the modern Chinese language), communism, Hu Shi and Chen Duxiu would become important and famous - all of which was very obvious to them at the end of the year. Elisabeth Forster traces the precise mechanisms behind this transformation on the basis of a rich variety of sources, including newspapers, personal letters, student essays, advertisements, textbooks and diaries. She proposes a new model for cultural change, which puts intellectual marketing at its core. This book retells the story of the New Culture Movement in light of the diversifi ed and decentered picture of Republican China developed in recent scholarship. It is a lively and ironic narrative about cultural change through academic infi ghting, rumors and conspiracy theories, newspaper stories and intellectuals (hell- )bent on selling agendas through powerful buzzwords
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 15, 2018)
Subject Intellectuals -- China -- History -- 20th century.
China -- Civilization -- Western influences.
China -- Civilization -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018023459
ISBN 3110558297 (electronic book)
3110560712 (electronic book)
9783110558296 (electronic book)
9783110560718 (electronic book)
(hardcover ;) (alkaline paper)