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Protest with Chinese Characteristics: Demonstrations, Riots, and Petitions in the Mid-Qing Dynasty

Ho-fung Hung


The origin of political modernity has long been tied to the Western history of protest and revolution, the currents of which many believe sparked popular dissent worldwide. Reviewing nearly one thousand instances of protest in China from the eighteenth to the early nineteenth centuries, the book charts an evolution of Chinese dissent that stands apart from Western trends. The author samples from mid-Qing petitions and humble plaints to the emperor, revisiting rallies, riots, market strikes, and other forms of contention rarely considered in previous studies. Drawing on new world history, which ... More

Keywords: political modernity, Chinese protests, Chinese dissent, centralized political power, expanding markets, Qing China, late imperial China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231152037
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231152037.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ho-fung Hung, author
The Johns Hopkins University