Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Protest with Chinese CharacteristicsDemonstrations, Riots, and Petitions in the Mid-Qing Dynasty$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ho-fung Hung

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231152037

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231152037.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM COLUMBIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.columbia.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Minnesota Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CUPSO for personal use.date: 28 July 2021



(p.1) Introduction
Protest with Chinese Characteristics

Ho-Fung Hung

Columbia University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. Most historical studies of protest have been premised on the general view that modernity started with the state centralization and transition to capitalism in sixteenth-century Europe, and that modern historical developments outside Europe, such as those in China, were only belated replications of Europe's development. This book argues that China's modernity did not begin with its nineteenth-century clash with Western powers, but started around the sixteenth century and peaked during the eighteenth-century prosperity and stability of the Qing empire. The core of this book describes the pattern, forms, and appeals of popular protests directed at the state in the heyday of China's early modernity: the mid-Qing period, from 1740 (during the great thrust of state centralization) to 1839 (on the eve of China's clash with Western imperialism, in the Opium War of 1839–1842). By connecting the dynamics of mid-Qing protests as unearthed in this study with those of the seventeenth century and the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries as documented extensively in the literature, the book sketches the indigenous trajectory of the long-term historical transformation of protest from early modern to modern China.

Keywords:   Chinese protests, popular protest, Europe, state centralization, capitalism, modernity, Qing dynasty, teleology, Eurocentrism, historical development

Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .