Chinese Discourses on the Peasant, 1900-1949

Chinese Discourses on the Peasant, 1900-1949

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Xiaorong Han explores how Chinese intellectuals envisioned the peasantry and its role in changing society during the first half of the twentieth century. Politically motivated intellectuals, both Communist and non-Communist, believed that rural peasants and their villages would be at the heart of change during this long period of national crisis. Nevertheless, intellectuals saw themselves as the true shapers of change who would transform and use the peasantry. Han uses intellectuals writings to provide a comprehensive look at their views of the peasantry. He shows how intellectuals with varying politics created images of the peasant--qa supposed contemporary image and an ideal image of the peasant transformed for political ends, how intellectuals theorized on the nature of Chinese rural life, and how intellectuals conceived their own relationships with peasants.... they contended, rural economists should study production relations, especially the issue of land redistribution.150 The ... These two approaches were believed to be represented respectively by John Lossing Bucka#39;s Chinese Farm Economy, ... Bucka#39;s book focuses on the management of individual farms or rural households, especially on the technical issues of the ... extension of agricultural science.154 In other words, the Rural China group wanted to concentrate on agrarian issues, anbsp;...

Title:Chinese Discourses on the Peasant, 1900-1949
Author: Xiaorong Han
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2012-02-01

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