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The New Life Movement in Jiangxi province, 1934-1938

Ferlanti, Federica 2010. The New Life Movement in Jiangxi province, 1934-1938. Modern Asian Studies 44 (5) , pp. 961-1000. 10.1017/S0026749X0999028X

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Abstract

This paper discusses the origins and the implementation of the New Life Movement (NLM) in the Jiangxi Province between 1934 and 1938. Based upon primary sources produced during this period, it explores how the Nationalist Party utilised the NLM for the purposes of national reconstruction and social mobilisation. The first section analyses how elements of anti-communism, Christianity and state Confucianism came into play in the NLM; the second section analyses how the Nationalists reinforced the idea of ‘hygienic modernity’ by projecting it into the realms of state building and mass mobilisation; the third section discusses the changes introduced in society by the Nationalists with the creation of semi-governmental organisations; and the fourth section examines the involvement of the NLM with preparation for the war against Japan (1937–1945). The paper argues that the NLM had a lasting impact on Chinese society, and it contributed to shape citizenship and national identity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0026-749X/ (accessed 25/02/2014).
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0026-749X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:02
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/31350

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