"Goodbye Radicalism!": conceptions of conservatism among Chinese intellectuals during the early 1990s

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"Goodbye Radicalism!": conceptions of conservatism among Chinese intellectuals during the early 1990s

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: "Goodbye Radicalism!": conceptions of conservatism among Chinese intellectuals during the early 1990s
Author: Dongen, Els van
Publisher: Department of Languages and Cultures of China, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2009-09-02
Keywords: Radicalism
Conservatism
Revolution
New Confucianism
Postmodernism
Modern Chinese history
May Fourth Movement
Abstract: This research has analyzed the topic of “conservatism” (baoshou zhuyi) in early 1990s China from a twofold perspective. Firstly, in the tradition of conceptual history (Begriffsgeschichte), the concrete use of the concept of “conservatism” in Chinese intellectual discourse has been studied in relation to the “counterconcept” of “radicalism” (jijin zhuyi). This approach has enabled the study of a variety of references to “conservatism,” such as the “neo-conservatism” of Xiao Gongqin and the “princelings,” the 1992 debate on the nature of modern Chinese history that was triggered by the overseas Chinese historian Yü Ying-shih, the New Confucianism of Chen Lai, and Zheng Min’s criticism of the Literary Revolution. On a second level, it has been investigated whether these criticisms of “radicalism” were expressions of a conservative “style of thought” that went beyond the critique of historical events such as the May Fourth Movement, the Cultural Revolution, or the quest for science and democracy of the 1980s.
Description: Promotor: A. Schneider, Co-Promotor: R. Kersten
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Dongen, E. van , 2009, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Sponsor: NWO,Fulbright Center Amsterdam
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/13949
 

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