Party Politics in Republican China the Kuomintang, 1912- 1924

Party Politics in Republican China the Kuomintang, 1912- 1924

Party Politics in Republican China the Kuomintang, 1912- 1924

Party Politics in Republican China the Kuomintang, 1912- 1924

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Modern political parties are the product of Western environment, usually associated with the rise of constitutional government in the seventeenth century. Political parties first came into prominence in Great Britain, the prototype of democratic government. However, even British parties did not spring up overnight as full-blown, cohesive organizations. Indeed, the development of political parties and the party system was a long and arduous process anywhere. A civil war came to pass before parties in Britain became a reality. Even then, parties were deemed undesirable, and were identified with factions and interests believed to be disruptive of the harmony and unity of a nation. In the United States, George Washington, in his Farewell Address of September, 1796, cautioned against the "mischiefs of the spirit of party." Nevertheless, by the mid-nineteenth century political parties had become fully accepted and integrated into the British and American political systems. Parties and party politicians had replaced monarchies and aristocracies as the instruments and contestants of power.

The concept of political parties soon spread to other lands . . .

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