In Search of Chinese Democracy: Civil Opposition in Nationalist China, 1929-1949

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Cambridge University Press, 2006年4月20日 - 428 頁
Why modern China has been unable to institutionalize democracy is a long-standing topic of debate and the ultimate subject of this book. The greatest momentum for democracy, Edmund Fung contends, emerged between 1929 and 1949 with civil opposition to the one-party rule of the Guomindang. This analysis of China's liberal intellectuals and political activists who pursued democracy in the 1930s and 1940s, fills a gap in the historical literature on the period between May Fourth Radicalism and the Chinese Communists' accession to power. Fung argues that the reasons the growth of democracy was thwarted during this period were ultimately more political than cultural. The Nationalist era contained the germs of a reformist, liberal order, which was prevented from growing by party politics, a lack of regime leadership, and bad strategic decisions. The legacy of China's liberal thinkers can be seen, however, in the pro-democracy movement of the post-Mao period.
 

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1 The Dictatorial Regime
26
The Issue of Human Rights 19291931
51
Political and Intellectual Responses
82
4 In Defense of Democracy 19331936
114
The Peoples Political Council 19381945
144
6 Wartime Democratic Thought
183
The Chinese Democratic League 19411945
230
8 Peace Democracy Unification and Reconstruction 1946
263
9 The Last Stand of Chinese Liberalism
298
Conclusion
337
Selected Bibliography
353
Glossary
383
Index
393
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