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Shanghai on Strike: The Politics of Chinese Labor [Paperback]

Elizabeth Perry
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March 1, 1995 0804724911 978-0804724913 1
This work is an important addition to the rather limited literature on the social history of China during the first half of the twentieth century. It draws on abundant sources and studies which have appeared in the People's Republic of China since the early 1980s and which have not been systematically used in Western historiography. China has undergone a series of fundamental political transformations: from the 1911 Revolution that toppled the imperial system to the victory of the communists, all of which were greatly affected by labor unrest. This work places the politics of Chinese workers in comparative perspective and a remarkably comprehensive and nuanced picture of Chinese labor emerges from it, based on a wealth of primary materials. It joins the concerns of 'new labor history' for workers' culture and shopfloor conditions with a more conventional focus on strikes, unions, and political parties. As a result, the author is able to explore the linkage between social protest and state formation.

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"Superbly researched and tightly conceptualized. Covering the 110 years before the successful communist revolution in 1949, Perry's study gently modifies several generations of received wisdom about Chinese labor activities. . . . She combines the social scientist's passion for order with the historian's eye for compelling anecdote. . . . The result is a sophisticated, provocative, and entertaining piece of work that profoundly alters our understanding of Chinese labor."—American Historical Review

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“Superbly researched and tightly conceptualized. Covering the 110 years before the successful communist revolution in 1949, Perry’s study gently modifies several generations of received wisdom about Chinese labor activities. . . . She combines the social scientist’s passion for order with the historian’s eye for compelling anecdote. . . . The result is a sophisticated, provocative, and entertaining piece of work that profoundly alters our understanding of Chinese labor.”—American Historical Review

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804724911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804724913
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,545,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Revision of Labor History January 5, 2010
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It is hard to summarize contextually rich and theoretically nuanced scholarship into a short book review and I don't want to try it here either. Suffice to say, if you are puzzled with some of the questions like I did, you would find this book very refreshing. Questions like: Why Marxism/Communism turned out so differently in China than it did in Europe? Or why it is said that Marxism is too materialistic to be relevant? Or why Mao, despite claiming being a true Communist, hated the knowledge class (intellectuals, professionals) and its representatives in the Party so much? Or why, despite China being the factory of the world today, there is still no union movement (neither de jure, no de facto) in the country? In the end, the question boils down to the relationship between political economy and the social (non-political) legacy it operates in.

Perry did not claim that she was answering those questions. But her narrative of the pre-1949/Republican Era Shanghai did an outstanding job of recreating the setting, of reconstructing the social dynamics within which the labor movement evolved. One has to be fairly familiar with the city, the period and the surrounding areas to follow the stories. This may limit the influence of the book. But I think that is the choice a reader has to make: whether to learn something from history or to follow a cheap revisionist route to political activism.
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