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The Soldier Image and State-Building in Modern China, 1924-1945$
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Yan Xu

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813176741

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813176741.001.0001

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Politicizing the Soldier Image in Modern Chinese History

(p.1) Introduction
The Soldier Image and State-Building in Modern China, 1924-1945

Yan Xu

University Press of Kentucky

The introduction first provides a historical background for the book during the period from the 1924 establishment of the Whampoa Military Academy to the 1945 end of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Xu goes on to introduce the major themes that the book aims to engage with, namely state-building and state-society relations in modern China, war and soldiers in Chinese military history and literature, as well as social emotion and mass mobilization in the Chinese Communist Revolution. Xu argues in the introduction that her book focuses on both social and cultural impacts of war in order to treat war as a cultural event for the people it influences rather than simply an analysis of politics and strategy. Xu ends this section by introducing the chapter structure and primary sources of the book.

Keywords:   China, State-Building, State-Society Relations, Military History, Soldier Image, Military Literature, Communist Revolution, Social Emotion, Mass Mobilization, War

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