Blood Road

Blood Road

The Mystery of Shen Dingyi in Revolutionary China

eBook - 1998
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University of California Press
Blood Road is a complex mix of social history, literary analysis, political biography, and murder mystery. It explores and analyzes the social and cultural dynamics of the Chinese revolution of the 1920s by focusing on the mysterious 1928 assassination of Shen Dingyirevolutionary, landlord, politician, poet, journalist, educator, feminist, and early member of both the Communist and Nationalist parties.

The search for Shen's killer details the contours of revolutionary change in different spatial contextsmetropolitan Shanghai, the provincial capital Hangzhou, and Shen's home village of Yaqian. Several interrelated themes emerge in this dramatic story of revolution: the nature of social identity, the role of social networks, the political import of place, and the centrality of process in historical explanation. It contributes significantly to a new understanding of Chinese revolutionary culture and the 1920s revolution in particular. But Blood Road remains at base a story of people linked in various relationships who were thrust, often without choice, into treacherous revolutionary currents that shaped, twisted, and destroyed their lives.


Blackwell North Amer
Blood Road is a complex mix of social history, literary analysis, political biography, and murder mystery. It explores and analyzes the social and cultural dynamics of the Chinese revolution of the 1920s by focusing on the mysterious 1928 assassination of Shen Dingyi - revolutionary, landlord, politician, poet, journalist, educator, feminist, and early member of both the Communist and Nationalist parties.
The search for Shen's killer details the contours of revolutionary change in different spatial contexts - metropolitan Shang-hai, the provincial capital Hangzhou, and Shen's home village of Yaqian. Several interrelated themes emerge in this dramatic story of revolution: the nature of social identity, the role of social networks, the political import of place, and the centrality of process in historical explanation, all issues of current theoretical interest in the social sciences and humanities. It contributes significantly to a new understanding of Chinese revolutionary culture and the 1920s revolution in particular. But Blood Road remains at base a story of people linked in various relationships who were thrust without choice into treacherous revolutionary currents that shaped, twisted, and destroyed their lives.

Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [1998], c1995
ISBN: 9780585106045
0585106045
9780520921085
0520921089
0520213866
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 322 p.) : maps

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