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Revolutionary Nativism Fascism and Culture in China, 1925-1937 by Maggie Clinton

Revolutionary Nativism Fascism and Culture in China, 1925-1937


Revolutionary Nativism Fascism and Culture in China, 1925-1937 by Maggie Clinton

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.


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 *

About the Author

Maggie Clinton is Assistant Professor of History at Middlebury College.

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Publication date

31st March 2017


Maggie Clinton

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Duke University Press


280 pages


Fascism & Nazism
Political structures: totalitarianism & dictatorship
Cultural studies
Asian history



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