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Engendering the Chinese Revolution: Radical Women, Communist Politics, and Mass Movements in the 1920s Hardcover – November 1, 1995

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"A long-overdue rewriting of gender politics in 1920s China. Gilmartin brings women activists alive."—Emily Honig, author of Sisters and Strangers

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"A long-overdue rewriting of gender politics in 1920s China. Gilmartin brings women activists alive."--Emily Honig, author of "Sisters and Strangers --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (November 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520089812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520089815
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,394,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Engendering the Chinese Revolution, Christina Gilmartin examines the politics and history of the Communist Party between 1920 to 1927 with a gendered perspective. Gilmartin tries to define and analyze the tension and ¡§uneasy¡¨ relationship between class and gender, and between the Communist Party and the women¡¦s movement. Instead of giving an overview of women¡¦s history in the premodern period and telling the entire history of the Communist regime up to the present, Gilmartin focuses on the 1920s, which she suggests as a honeymoon period for the union of feminism and social movements. I would assume she concentrates on those years because it was a period under direct influence of the May Fourth and when the ideological origins for both feminism and socialism started to form. If this is true, she may be suggesting that there is no fundamental conflict between feminism and class struggle, but it was only the divide between the Nationalist Party and the Communist Party, the practices and implementation policies that create the contradictions, starting from the later half of the 1920s.
In the beginning, she focuses on how women¡¦s emancipation is utilized as an anti-imperialist and anti-tradition ideology by the nationalist movement in the early 20s. Gilmartin emphasizes the influence of the May Fourth movement shaping the discourse on feminism. She argues that most male communists also embrace feminist issues at that time. Although some anarchists ¡§challenged the essentialist nature of the bond between nationalism and feminism¡Kthey did not¡K succeed in their aim of irrevocably breaking the tight connection between nationalism and feminism.
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