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An Introductory Study on China's Cultural Transformation in Recent Times

  • Yunzhi Geng

Part of the China Academic Library book series (CHINALIBR)

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Introduction

This book examines in detail the basic trajectory of the cultural transformation and brings to light the extrinsic conditions and intrinsic mechanisms involved. It focuses on the period from after the Opium Wars to the New Culture Movement, as the New Culture Movement can be considered a pivotal phase in the cultural transformation of modern-day China. The New Culture Movement was a revolutionary eruption triggered by the accumulation of all the new qualitative cultural factors since the Opium Wars. Superficially, the movement’s goal seemed to be to overthrow the traditional culture. But in essence its true objective was to conduct an overall “screening” of that culture. The book elaborates a broad variety of points in this context, including: the ideological and cultural evolution following the Opium Wars; the pressing challenges faced by “Zhong Ti”; the initial shaping of social, public and cultural spaces and major trends in ideological and cultural transformation at the end of the Qing Dynasty; the political disarray and conflicts between the new and old ideology in the first years of the Republic; the rise of the New Culture Movement; and the role of conservatism in the transition to a modern culture.

Keywords

China's Cultural Transformation Evolution in Ideology and Culture Evolutions in the Role of Conservatism Modern Education New Culture Movement Political Disarray and Conflicts Reform and Revolution Social Foundations Social Public Cultural Spaces

Authors and affiliations

  • Yunzhi Geng
    • 1
  1. 1.Chinese Academy of Social Sciences & Institute of Modern HistoryBeijingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-44590-7
  • Copyright Information Foreign Language Teaching and Research Publishing Co., Ltd and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-44589-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-44590-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-1853
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-1861
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