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The Politics of Rights and The 1911 Revolution in China, a talk by Xiaowei Zheng

May 19, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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The Workshop Theoretical Perspectives on War, Political Violence, Nationalism, and the State (His 291) is pleased to present Xiaowei Zheng, Associate Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at UCSB, who will speak about her forthcoming book with Stanford University Press, The Politics of Rights and the 1911 Revolution in China.  The appointment is Friday May 19th from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, in HSSB 3001E.

Professor Zheng’s presentation will focus on her books’ introduction and conclusions, which can downloaded from the following links:  Zheng Introduction_coded_ED Feb 3 2017Zheng Conclusion_coded_ED Feb 3 2017

China’s 1911 Revolution was a momentous political transformation. Its leaders, however, were not rebellious troublemakers on the periphery of imperial order. On the contrary, they were a powerful political and economic elite deeply entrenched in local society and well-respected both for their imperially sanctioned cultural credentials and for their mastery of new ideas. The revolution they spearheaded produced a new, democratic political culture that enshrined national sovereignty, constitutionalism, and the rights of the people as indisputable principles. Based upon previously untapped Qing and Republican sources, The Politics of Rights and the 1911 Revolution in China is a nuanced and colorful chronicle of the revolution as it occurred in local and regional areas. Xiaowei Zheng explores the ideas that motivated the revolution, the popularization of those ideas, and their animating impact on the Chinese people at large. The focus of the book is not on the success or failure of the revolution, but rather on the transformative effect that revolution has on people and what they learn from it.

For questions about this event please contact Prof. Cecilia Méndez at mendez@history.ucsb.edu.


May 19, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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