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The Rise of Political Intellectuals in Modern China
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The Rise of Political Intellectuals in Modern China: May Fourth Societies and the Roots of Mass-party Politics

Shakhar Rahav


This book is a social and cultural history of political radicals during China’s pivotal May Fourth Movement (1915–1923). Whereas most narratives of May Fourth center on the coastal metropoles of Beijing and Shanghai, this book examines the everyday life of May Fourth activists in Wuhan, central China’s most important urban center. By examining the cultural-political societies founded by the local teacher and journalist Yun Daiying (1895–1931) the book illuminates the ways in which the May Fourth Movement developed in hinterland urban centers and from there into a nationwide movement, which ult ... More

Keywords: China, intellectual, May Fourth Movement, Wuhan, Yun Daiying, print culture, social network, political party, mass politics, Communist Party

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199382262
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199382262.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shakhar Rahav, author
Department of Asian Studies, University of Haifa