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Saving the nation : economic modernity in republican China

Author: Margherita Zanasi
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006.
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"Economic modernity is so closely associated with nationhood that it is impossible to imagine a modern state without an equally modern economy. Even so, most people would have difficulty defining a modern economy and its connection to nationhood. In Saving the Nation, Margherita Zanasi explores this connection by examining the first nation-building attempt in China after the fall of the empire in 1911. Challenging  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Margherita Zanasi
ISBN: 0226978737 9780226978734
OCLC Number: 62342018
Description: xi, 320 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I: ENVISIONING MODERN CHINA. China's minzu economy --
The rural question : identity, modernity, and peasants in China's industrial development --
pt. II: BUILDING THE CORPORATIVIST STATE. The politics of reconstruction : Song Ziwen and the National Economic Council --
The Cotton Control Commission and the corporativist organization of the nation --
pt. III: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE. Implementing rural reforms --
Officials, industrial magnates, and bureaucratic capitalism --
pt. IV: DEFENDING WHICH NATION? From nationalism to collaboration.
Responsibility: Margherita Zanasi.
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"Economic modernity is so closely associated with nationhood that it is impossible to imagine a modern state without an equally modern economy. Even so, most people would have difficulty defining a modern economy and its connection to nationhood. In Saving the Nation, Margherita Zanasi explores this connection by examining the first nation-building attempt in China after the fall of the empire in 1911. Challenging the assumption that nations are products of technological and socioeconomic forces, Zanasi argues that it was notions of what constituted a modern nation that led the Nationalist nation-builders to shape China's institutions and economy. In their reform effort, they confronted several questions: What characterized a modern economy? What role would a modern economy play in the overall nation-building effort? And how could China pursue economic modernization while maintaining its distinctive identity? Zanasi expertly shows how these questions were negotiated and contested within the Nationalist Party. Silenced in the Mao years, these dilemmas are reemerging today as a new leadership once again redefines the economic foundation of the nation."--Publisher's website.

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