China in Revolution: An Analysis of Politics and Militarism under the Republic

China in Revolution: An Analysis of Politics and Militarism under the Republic

China in Revolution: An Analysis of Politics and Militarism under the Republic

China in Revolution: An Analysis of Politics and Militarism under the Republic

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During the spring of 1930 the writer presented in Chicago a series of public lectures entitled "China in Revolution," under the auspices of the University College of the University of Chicago. Revised and supplemented, these addresses are incorporated in this study of contemporary China. Owing to the limitations of space, and the fact that the foreign relations of this country are considered at length in the writer's collaboration with Dr. H. B. Morse in Far Eastern International Relations (Houghton Mifflin), no attempt is made here to discuss the foreign problems involved, except in so far as it has been necessary to refer to them to make clear the domestic situation.

In the lectures an attempt was made, and in this volume it has been continued, to clarify for the nonspecialist the conflicting aims, institutions, and personalities involved in a great struggle which has been in process for more than a generation, and which is yet far from completion. The approach is mainly factual, not ideological or idealistic, and is that of the historical student who attempts to be objective and who must be nonpartisan. The patriotic participant in a revolutionary movement may shut his eyes to many disagreeable conditions and assume that, while necessary, they are purely transitory. Those who find their interests adversely affected are likely to assume a condemnatory attitude toward the changes in progress, and may even . . .

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