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Tsing Hua Journal of Chinese Studies
ISSN 0577-9170; DOI 10.6503/THJCS


Narrating a political Tutelage for china, 1905-1935

Vol. 27 No. 4   12/1997  


Narrating a political Tutelage for china, 1905-0935


Jinlin Hwang









Key words

political tutelage, revolution, nation-building


      The innovation of revolutionary rhetoric not only helps embody the revolutionary ideas and ideals, but prescribes the ways in which they are to be evaluated and interpreted. The birth of the language of political tutelage in China. And its intensive cumulated formation in the 1920s, exemplifies how important such a revolutionary language is a revolution. The content of the language not only reflects the difficulties that the revolutionaries were encountering, but displays how they tried to create a new language to authorize their revolutionary activities. The formation of the language, I suggest virtually narrates a necessity for the Kuomintang to deploy a party-rule in China. Yet, in doing so, it also dooms its failure in the mid 1930s. This ironic development should not be attributed solely to the effects of warlord politics and communist rebellions, nor to the Japanese invasions of Manchuria and North China, as many historians have suggested. The wayward development of the language and the contradictions that it creates also responsible for the failure of the tutelage in China.



Author: Jinlin Hwang
Genre: Article
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