By Edmund S. K. Fung
Edmund Fung examines a massive section of improvement in China's lengthy quest for democracy. The momentum for democracy, he contends, grew most powerful among 1929 and 1949 via civil competition to the one-party rule of the Guomindang. The Nationalist period contained the germs of a reformist, liberal order, the legacy of that are obvious within the pro-democracy circulation of the post-Mao interval. This e-book fills a huge hole within the historic literature on chinese language intellectuals among may well Fourth radicalism and the chinese language Communists' accession to strength.
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67 This pattern could be seen also in the conflict between the Nationalists and the Communists before 1949, which saw the escalation of a limited civil war to an all-out civil war. Caught between the two authoritarian parties, the liberal intellectuals opposed the dominant cultural tradition. That they failed under the conditions of the Nationalist period - the Chiang Kai-shek dictatorship, the communist insurgency, civil war, the weaknesses of civil opposition, and an illiberal age in the world at large - is not surprising.
183. , Sun Zhongshan sixiang yu dangdai shijie yan-taohui lunwenji (Essays on Sun Yat-sen's thought and the contemporary world) (Taibei: Taipingyang wenhua jijinhui, 1990), pp. 233-245. , Sun Yat-sen's Doctrine in the Modern World (Boulder: Westview Press, 1989), pp. 79102. Wei Hongyuan, Zhongguo jindai lishi de guocheng, pp. 183-184. 20 But he was no liberal democrat. In fact, he had been an autocratic leader throughout his revolutionary life, particularly in his last years when the GMD was reorganized with assistance from the Comintern.
Daedalus 112:4 (Fall 1983): 111-112. Wm. Theodore de Bary, The Liberal Tradition in China (Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 1983). Ramon H. Myers and Thomas A. Metzger, "Sinological Shadows: The State of Modern China Studies in the US," Australian Journal of Chinese Affairs 4 (1980): 5. , The Politics of Democratization, Introduction and ch. 1. This is not to say that the Chinese cultural heritage did not create difficulties for political modernization. For a scholarly discussion of the familiar problems of continuity and discontinuity in modern Chinese history, see Thomas A.