Revolutionary Nativism Fascism and Culture in China, 1925-1937

by Maggie Clinton

Revolutionary Nativism Fascism and Culture in China, 1925-1937 Synopsis

In Revolutionary Nativism Maggie Clinton traces the history and cultural politics of fascist organizations that operated under the umbrella of the Chinese Nationalist Party (GMD) during the 1920s and 1930s. Clinton argues that fascism was not imported to China from Europe or Japan; rather it emerged from the charged social conditions that prevailed in the country's southern and coastal regions during the interwar period. These fascist groups were led by young militants who believed that reviving China's Confucian national spirit could foster the discipline and social cohesion necessary to defend China against imperialism and Communism and to develop formidable industrial and military capacities, thereby securing national strength in a competitive international arena. Fascists within the GMD deployed modernist aesthetics in their literature and art while justifying their anti-Communist violence with nativist discourse. Showing how the GMD's fascist factions popularized a virulently nationalist rhetoric that linked Confucianism with a specific path of industrial development, Clinton sheds new light on the complex dynamics of Chinese nationalism and modernity.

Revolutionary Nativism Fascism and Culture in China, 1925-1937 Press Reviews

A thought-provoking study that raises new questions. -- Anna Belogurova * Pacific Affairs * Historian Clinton offers an insightful analysis of what she sees as China's fascist movement after the ascendance of Chiang Kai-shek in the political arena. Highly recommended. -- P. F. Shan * Choice *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780822363774
Publication date: 31st March 2017
Author: Maggie Clinton
Publisher: Duke University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 280 pages
Categories: Fascism & Nazism, Political structures: totalitarianism & dictatorship, Cultural studies, Asian history,

About Maggie Clinton

Maggie Clinton is Assistant Professor of History at Middlebury College.

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