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Revolution and Cosmopolitanism by Joseph Levenson - Paperback - University of California Press
"In 1965, Joseph R. Levenson began working on a new trilogy to follow his earlier study of modern Chinese intellectual history, Confucian China and Its Modern Fate. By 1969, he had already sketched out basic outlines of the work, which was to be called Provincialism, Nationalism, and Cosmopolitanism. It was to consist of three volumes: one sounding the general themes of the arrangement, and two other elaborating its motifs. Accidental death tragically cut short Levenson's life and the preparation of the work. He did leave behind, however, an embryo of it in the form of this book, Revolution and Cosmopolitanism. Based upon a careful analysis of a wide selection of Western plays translated into Chinese during the twentieth century, Revolution and Cosmopolitanism tries to set the Communist Cultural Revolution into a new kind of historical perspective. Beginning with the demise of a Confucian China which "new youth" intellectuals found too provincial for their palates, Levenson shows how those same cosmopolitans in the 1920s and 1920s damed later Communist intellectuals of the 1950s for being to receptive to non-Chinese values. As Red Guards attacked symbols of a feudal Confucian past and a bourgeois foreign present, China slipped into a new sort of provincialism. Levenson analyzes their transformation with profound subtlety. Convinced that revolutionary China cannot forever seal itself off from universal cosmopolitan influences, he expresses sympathy throughout with the dilemma of rootless intellectuals in a society searching for a particular non-intellectual identity. "

--- Levenson's _Confucian China and Its Modern Fate_ is brilliant and somehow I'd never heard of this.
to:NB  books:noted  history_of_ideas  china:prc  levenson.joseph_r.  intellectuals  cultural_revolution  nationalism  cosmopolitanism 
october 2018 by cshalizi
Menzie Chin - Thinking about The Great Leap Forward - April 2016
When Technocrats Are Pushed Aside Nearly 56 years ago, with the beginning of the second Five-Year Plan, Chairman Mao called for a “Great Leap Forward”. The…
Instapaper  China  Chinese_history  China-governance  China-economy  Cultural_Revolution  20thC  post-WWII  industrialization  agriculture  from instapaper
may 2016 by dunnettreader
Looking Backward: My Top Ten American History Books | The New Republic
I woke up on Christmas morning thinking about American historians. It probably was because I had a dream about a historian I knew, or maybe it reflected my own wish—having never taken or…
cultural_studies  communism  New_Republic  america  history  cultural_revolution  American_history  historians 
march 2015 by lambchop1
China's Cultural Revolution: portraits of accuser and accused | Art and design | The Guardian
By the time the chaos subsided 10 years later, an estimated 36 million had been persecuted and at least 750,000 were dead in the countryside alone. Red Guards had smashed up temples, burned books and destroyed historical treasures. Universities had closed and pupils missed years of schooling. Even Communist party historians describe it as a disaster, unleashed by Mao Zedong. But their terse verdict is designed to pre-empt, rather than encourage, debate. An event that defines China to this day – that helps to explain its fixation with political stability; its dramatic economic reforms; even, some say, its increased individualism – remains largely taboo.

Xu, now 53, is among the handful daring their country to confront its past. The faces of the Cultural Revolution are captured in the immense black-and-white portraits stacked in his Beijing studio. Each standing 2.5m tall, they are both personal and powerful, demanding attention. The monochrome oils are in stark contrast to the garish colours of 60s propaganda.
Tania_Branigan  2012  China  Art  Cultural_Revolution  Xu_Weixin 
february 2012 by caliban
Beijing Journal - Stitching the Narrative of a Revolution -
NYT covers recent opening of Chinese Cultural Revolution archival holdings in Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian...
h466  china  archives  cultural_revolution 
january 2010 by egginger11

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