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Palgrave Macmillan

Making China Strong

The Role of Nationalism in Chinese Thinking on Democracy and Human Rights

ISBN 9780230284616
Publication Date February 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Politics and Development of Contemporary China

Robert Weatherley examines the role of nationalism in Chinese thinking on democracy and human rights spanning four successive periods: the late Qing, the Republic, Mao's China and post-Mao China. During this time, many of the debates in China about democracy and rights have been tied to the question of how to make China strong. The trigger is usually a perceived threat from foreign imperialism. Following the outbreak of the First Opium War in 1839, this imperialism took a military form, leading many Chinese reformers to embrace a system of democracy and rights in order to protect China from further foreign encroachments. In more recent years, the perceived threat has come from cultural imperialism, most apparent, Beijing claims, when the West criticises China for its poor record on democracy and human rights. This has led to the evolution of a distinctively Chinese model of democracy and rights that differs significantly from that deriving from the West.

Robert Weatherley is a Lawyer at Mills and Reeve, UK and also lectures on contemporary Chinese politics, history and international relations at the University of Cambridge, UK. He has published on topics such as the legitimation of CCP rule, the political career of Hua Guofeng and the rise of internet nationalism in China.

1. Saving the Empire: Democracy and Rights in the Late Qing Dynasty
2. Building a New China: Democracy and Rights in the Early Republican Period (1912-1928)
3. Towards Authoritarianism: Withholding Democracy for the Good of the Nation (1928-49)
4. Protecting the People's Republic: Mass Democracy and Class Rights in the Mao and Early Post-Mao Eras
5. From Military Imperialism to Cultural Imperialism: Democracy and Rights in the Post-Mao Era


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