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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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Wartime Soldier Support by Urban Intellectuals and Professionals

Wartime Soldier Support by Urban Intellectuals and Professionals

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(p.73) 3 Wartime Soldier Support by Urban Intellectuals and Professionals
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The Soldier Image and State-Building in Modern China, 1924-1945
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Yan Xu

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813176741.003.0004

The third chapter shifts to the social perspective by examining depictions of soldiers through war reportage and documents by the urban intellectuals and professionals involved with soldier support activities. Xu analyzes how those urban forces both collaborated with and complicated the heroic rhetoric of the soldier figure constructed by the Chinese Nationalist government. At the forefront, miserable treatment, mental desperation, violent misbehavior, and lack of education became the direct impression of soldiers from the urban publics. Xu further argues that the creation of soldier images different from those in the Nationalist rhetoric revealed the intention of these urban forces to advocate for their political influence as propaganda workers, social mobilizers, and army educators.

Keywords:   Urban Publics, Chinese YMCA, Soldier Service, Wounded Soldiers, Liu Liangmo, Duan Shengwu, Vocational Education, Association of Vocational Coordination for the Honorable Veterans, Yu Zhaoming

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