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The Politics of Depoliticization in Republican China: Guomindang Policy towards Student Political Activism, 1927-1949 (review)

The Politics of Depoliticization in Republican China: Guomindang Policy towards Student Political... 146 China Review International: Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring 1998 Huang Jianli. The Politics ofDepoliticization in Republican China: Guomindang Policy towards Student Political Activism, 1927-1949. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang, 1996. 242 pp. Hardcover $52.95, isbn 3-906756-46-7. Huang Jianli has proven what many scholars have long known: the Guomindang (GMD) was opposed to radical student activism. Using documents collected from the Nanjing Second Historical Archives and the Taiwan Guomindang Archives, and a political science concept called "depoliticization," Huang shows in minute detail how, from its assumption of power in 1927 until its defeat in 1949, the GMD politically isolated the students and channeled their energies toward "study and character building," ostensibly in preparation for national reconstruction. In spite of its name, depoliticization was a political act, for it sought to emasculate student activists, making them politically inactive and preventing them from taking radical positions. Unfortunately for the GMD, nationalist leaders succeeded all too well, depriving the party of a political force that could have been used against its enemies. But mass mobilization was anathema to the GMD, so nationalist leaders surrendered this powerful weapon to their mortal enemies, the communists, who, as history has shown, mobilized the students around http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

The Politics of Depoliticization in Republican China: Guomindang Policy towards Student Political Activism, 1927-1949 (review)

China Review International , Volume 5 (1) – Mar 30, 1998

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146 China Review International: Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring 1998 Huang Jianli. The Politics ofDepoliticization in Republican China: Guomindang Policy towards Student Political Activism, 1927-1949. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang, 1996. 242 pp. Hardcover $52.95, isbn 3-906756-46-7. Huang Jianli has proven what many scholars have long known: the Guomindang (GMD) was opposed to radical student activism. Using documents collected from the Nanjing Second Historical Archives and the Taiwan Guomindang Archives, and a political science concept called "depoliticization," Huang shows in minute detail how, from its assumption of power in 1927 until its defeat in 1949, the GMD politically isolated the students and channeled their energies toward "study and character building," ostensibly in preparation for national reconstruction. In spite of its name, depoliticization was a political act, for it sought to emasculate student activists, making them politically inactive and preventing them from taking radical positions. Unfortunately for the GMD, nationalist leaders succeeded all too well, depriving the party of a political force that could have been used against its enemies. But mass mobilization was anathema to the GMD, so nationalist leaders surrendered this powerful weapon to their mortal enemies, the communists, who, as history has shown, mobilized the students around

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Published: Mar 30, 1998

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