China in Revolt: How a Civilization Became a Nation

China in Revolt: How a Civilization Became a Nation

China in Revolt: How a Civilization Became a Nation

China in Revolt: How a Civilization Became a Nation

Excerpt

The author of this book does not make any pretence to be impartial or to proclaim "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." He frankly faces the fact that, under the circumstances and for the purpose for which he is writing, such an assertion would only be looked upon with suspicion. He recognises that, when problems involving national interests and racial honour are at stake, it is humanly impossible to be emotionally dispassionate or academically detached. This is especially true as regards the present state of affairs in China where the battle between Western Capitalist Imperialism and Chinese National Freedom and Independence is being fought, and where we are witnessing the fast beginning of the clash between Western and Chinese Civilisation, of the racial struggle between White and Yellow Peoples.

What the author aims at, principally, is to present to the West the attitude which the Chinese intelligentsia adopts towards certain aspects of Western civilisation as seen in China. He attempts to interpret the political mind of Young China, her national ideals and her international aspirations, her desire for complete and absolute independence from foreign interference in her affairs, whether such interference be based on solemn international treaties or whether it be merely manifested in the predatory activities of semi-private foreign agents, of "men-on-the-spot" who, in China, are foreign officials, whether paid by their respective Governments or by the Chinese Government, the foreign merchant, the foreign journalist, Catholic and other Christian missionaries, and the international capitalist and financier.

He further endeavours to show how an essentially peaceful and "Utopian" civilisation is losing, by an involuntary and forced contact with what China considers an uncongenial and unnatural civilisation, many of its admirable features; how the result has been chaos and confusion, and how at length Chinese civilisation has been forced to submit its own native ideas and ideals to a thorough examination and transvaluation; how that profound civilisation is, for good or for evil, gradually developing into a self-conscious national being in the modern Western sense, and how, at length, China's intelligentsia is discovering the secret of Western strength which will enable her, in the very near future, in spite of all apparent political confusion, to meet the Western world on a footing of international equality.

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.