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Saving the Nation: Economic Modernity in Republican China

Margherita Zanasi


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. This book 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, the book argues that it was notions of what constituted a modern nation that led the Nationalist nation-builders to shape China's ... More

Keywords: economic modernity, nationhood, modern economy, China, nations, technological forces, socioeconomic forces, Nationalist Party, reform, Mao

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226978734
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226978741.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margherita Zanasi, author