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By David Strand

In this cogent and insightful analyzing of China’s twentieth-century political tradition, David Strand argues that the chinese language Revolution of 1911 engendered a brand new political life—one that started to loose women and men from the inequality and hierarchy that shaped the backbone of China’s social and cultural order. chinese language voters faced their leaders and every different face-to-face in a stance conventional to republics around the world. This shift in political posture used to be followed by way of substantial trepidation in addition to pleasure. Profiling 3 well-known political actors of the time—suffragist Tang Qunying, diplomat Lu Zhengxiang, and progressive sunlight Yatsen—Strand demonstrates how a sea switch in political functionality left leaders depending on renowned help and voters enmeshed in a political method efficient of either authority and dissent.

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87 Imperialist affronts would then be answered. Local needs would be met. Those who had risked something or everything in the revolution would be rewarded. Instead, the new regime only managed to survive rather than thrive, and on a diet of real but meager accomplishments. These included slowly gaining diplomatic recognition for the Republic and regularizing as Republican the patchwork of provincial and Strand, An Unfinished Republic 30 | 4/14/11 5:39 PM Page 30 Slapping Song Jiaoren local governments left by the revolution.

112 She undoubtedly had read Shanghai newspaper accounts linking Yuan to the murder in Beijing three days earlier of two Nationalist military officers, Zhang Zhenwu and Fang Wei. Sun Yat-sen’s professed lack of interest at the moment in Yuan’s job likely was his best protection, and there was no violence or serious disturbance during his stay in Beijing. Strand, An Unfinished Republic 36 | 4/14/11 5:39 PM Page 36 Slapping Song Jiaoren Upon arrival at the station on August 24, a military band played and well-wishers removed their hats to Sun in the new republican gesture of respect.

Xinhai was supposed to be the year of triumph that Gengshen, Jiashen, Jiawu, and Gengzi had not been. 61 The inertial force of Chinese time made itself felt. 65 However, the ceremonies in Changsha were inspired more by Sun Yat-sen’s inauguration as president in Nanjing and news of battlefield victories than dedication to the new calendar. 67 For the remainder of the 1910s Lu Xun occasionally neglected to note the arrival of October’s Double Ten Day and usually ignored men- Strand, An Unfinished Republic 26 | 4/14/11 5:39 PM Page 26 Slapping Song Jiaoren tion of the January 1 and February 12 holidays except as days off from his work as a Ministry of Education employee.

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