Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. First Edition. Hardcover. Used - Very Good. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Binding tight and square. Bright clean unmarked copy. B/W maps. Appendix, Bibliography and index. 320 pp. / Very Good. Well preserved. Item #11166
The sources and nature of China's transformation from a traditional to modern society - accelerated in the early twentieth century by the downfall of the Qing dynasty, the advent of foreign technology and increasing commercialization - are critical issues for the study of modern China. In this book, Xin Zhang uses the case of local elites and the power structure of Henan province in north-central China to demonstrate how local politics first transformed local society, challenged the state and eventually influenced change across China. Rather than focusing separately on elite mobility, social mobilization or state-making, Zhang observes changes in all three categories as interrelated aspects of a single, self-generating phenomenon of social change. Zhang's application of social science theory and rich, original, empirical data, sheds light on the sources of China's modernization, political and social identity, and the shifting relationship between the state and local elites.
Combines the strengths of up-to-date social science theories for the macro level of interpretation with large amounts of new data from micro-level research
Uses many kinds of primary sources, from personal diaries to internal government memoranda, most of which are either rare or still unavailable to the general public
Discusses theories from various social sciences fields and will interest scholars and students alike.