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By Prasenjit Duara

In the early 20th century, the chinese language country made strenuous efforts to increase and deepen its authority over rural society. This booklet is an formidable try to provide either a style and a framework for examining chinese language social heritage within the state-making era.

The writer constructs a prismatic view of village-level society that indicates how advertising, kinship, water keep an eye on, temple patronage, and different buildings of human interplay overlapped to shape what he calls the cultural nexus of energy in neighborhood society. The author's thought of the cultural nexus and his tracing of ways it used to be altered allows us for the 1st time to grapple with switch on the village point in all its complexity.

The writer asserts that the expansion of the nation remodeled and delegitimized the conventional cultural nexus through the Republican period, relatively within the realm of village management and funds. hence, the growth of nation energy used to be eventually and sarcastically chargeable for the revolution in China because it eroded the rules of village existence, leaving not anything in its place.

The difficulties of state-making in China have been various from these of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe; the chinese language event heralds the method that might develop into more and more universal within the emergent states of the constructing global less than the very diverse situations of the 20 th century.

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Publisher : Stanford University Press isbn10 | asin : print isbn13 : 9780804718882 ebook isbn13 : 9780585303277 language : English subject Rural development--China, Northwest--History--20th century, Power (Social sciences) , Local government--China, North--History--20th century, China--Social conditions--1912-1949. 7/2/09514 subject : Rural development--China, Northwest--History--20th century, Power (Social sciences) , Local government--China, North--History--20th century, China--Social conditions--1912-1949.

6 All historical forces seemed to converge on the necessity of building a modern state. The Chinese pattern of state strengtheningclosely interwoven with modernizing and nation-building goalsitself foreshadowed a process that would become increasingly common in the newly Page 3 emergent states of the developing world in the twentieth century. Unlike the eighteenth-century European states, over time the responsibility for the progressive growth of national power, wealth, and modernity would become the responsibility of the new states.

And, finally, I owe much to Juliette, whose appearance in the last year of writing seemed to make its completion wonderfully easy. D. Page ix Contents Introduction 1 1. The Cultural Nexus of Power 15 2. Brokering Rural Administration in the Late Qing 42 3. Building the Modern State in North China 58 4. Lineages and the Political Structure of the Village 86 5. Religion, Power, and the Public Realm in Rural Society 118 6. Networks, Patrons, and Leaders in Village Government 158 7. The State and the Redefinition of Village Community 194 8.

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