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The Power of Position: Beijing University, Intellectuals, and Chinese Political Culture, 1898-1929 Timothy B. Weston

The Power of Position: Beijing University, Intellectuals, and Chinese Political Culture, 1898-1929

Timothy B. Weston

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ISBN : 9780520237674
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338 pages
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Throughout the twentieth century, Beijing University (or Beida) has been at the center of Chinas greatest political and cultural upheavals—from the May Fourth Movement of 1919 to the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s to the tragic events in TiananmenMoreThroughout the twentieth century, Beijing University (or Beida) has been at the center of Chinas greatest political and cultural upheavals—from the May Fourth Movement of 1919 to the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s to the tragic events in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Why this should be—how Beidas historical importance has come to transcend that of a mere institution of higher learning--is a question at the heart of this book. A study of intellectuals and political culture during the past centurys tumultuous early decades, The Power of Position is the first to focus on Beida, Chinas oldest and best-known national university.Timothy B. Weston portrays the university as a key locus used by intellectuals to increase their influence in society. Weston analyzes the links between intellectuals political and cultural commitments and their specific manner of living. He also compares Beijings intellectual culture with that of the rising metropolis of Shanghai. What emerges is a remarkably nuanced and complex picture of life at Chinas leading university, especially in the decades leading up to the May Fourth Movement.