Civilizing the Chinese, Competing with the West

Study Societies in Late Qing China

The Chinese University Press

Civilizing the Chinese, Competing with the West

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Pub Date: November 2017

ISBN: 9789629966348

270 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $45.00

Civilizing the Chinese, Competing with the West

Study Societies in Late Qing China

The Chinese University Press

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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.

About the Author

Chen Hon Fai is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lingnan University, Hong Kong.