State Formation in China and Taiwan: Bureaucracy, Campaign, and Performance

Author:   Julia C. Strauss (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
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9781108701655


Pages:   292
Publication Date:   07 November 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Author:   Julia C. Strauss (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.30cm , Height: 1.50cm , Length: 22.80cm
Weight:   0.490kg
ISBN:  

9781108701655


ISBN 10:   1108701655
Pages:   292
Publication Date:   07 November 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Introduction. Modalities of state building and institution building: bureaucracies, campaigns, and performance; 1. Virtue and talent in making Chinese states: heroes and technocrats in Sunan and Taiwan, 1949-1954; 2. Comparative terror in regime consolidation: Sunan and Taiwan, 1949-1954; 3. Performing terror: lenience, legality, and the dramaturgy of the consolidating state; 4. Repertoires of land reform campaigns in Sunan and Taiwan, 1950-1954; 5. Theatres of land reform: bureaucracy, campaign, and the show, 1950-1954; Conclusion; Appendix: list of interviewees; Documentary collections, reports, and periodicals.

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'A meticulously researched and elegantly presented study of state consolidation in mainland China and Taiwan. By shrinking the mainland geographic focus to Sunan, where the social roots of the communists were relatively weak, Strauss exploits rich archival data and builds analytical leverage to illuminate commonalities and differences in strategies of the two states as outsiders after 1949.' Melanie Manion, Duke University, North Carolina 'Historians have long recognized that for all their mutual hostility and apparent ideological opposition, the two regimes on either side of the Taiwan Strait after 1949 actually had much in common. In this provocative and impressively researched work, Julia C. Strauss treats this parallelism as a kind of natural experiment in state consolidation, which she analyzes to produce more general insight into how new states pursue their agendas.' Michael Szonyi, Harvard University, Massachusetts


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Julia C. Strauss is Professor of Chinese Politics at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where she served as Editor of The China Quarterly from 2002 to 2011. Her work focuses on the twentieht-century Chinese state in China and Taiwan, the performative dimensions of politics, and China's 'Going Out' to the developing world, particularly towards Africa, and has published widely on these topics.

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