An Introductory Study on China's Cultural Transformation in by Yunzhi Geng

By Yunzhi Geng

This ebook examines intimately the fundamental trajectory of the cultural transformation and brings to mild the extrinsic stipulations and intrinsic mechanisms concerned. It specializes in the interval from after the Opium Wars to the recent tradition move, because the New tradition stream might be thought of a pivotal section within the cultural transformation of modern day China. the hot tradition move used to be a innovative eruption brought on through the buildup of all of the new qualitative cultural elements because the Opium Wars. Superficially, the movement’s objective looked to be to overthrow the conventional tradition. yet in essence its actual goal was once to behavior an total “screening” of that tradition. The e-book elaborates a vast number of issues during this context, together with: the ideological and cultural evolution following the Opium Wars; the urgent demanding situations confronted by way of “Zhong Ti”; the preliminary shaping of social, public and cultural areas and significant developments in ideological and cultural transformation on the finish of the Qing Dynasty; the political disarray and conflicts among the hot and outdated ideology within the first years of the Republic; the increase of the hot tradition stream; and the function of conservatism within the transition to a contemporary culture.

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38 2 Evolution in Ideology and Culture After the Opium Wars and Up To the. . geography, and law. Over 40 years time, the institute translated and published 160 Western books,20 making contributions to the introduction of Western learning to China. The institute also put together and published a “Compilation of Recent Affairs in Western Countries” and thereby served as a news medium. In 1862, Huai Army Commander Li Hongzhang, who distinguished himself during the suppression of the Taiping (Boxer) forces, came to Beijing and personally examined the efficacy of the armaments of various countries.

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Wei Yuan’s Illustrated Treatises on the Maritime Kingdoms included an article entitled “Catholicism: A Study,” which more or less claimed that Western religions had simply borrowed contents from Buddhism and which drew false analogies with the Confucian teachings. A footnote at the end of the article cited a rumor that Western missionaries had at first induced Chinese to become believers by offering them a certain sum of silver, and that after the believers died their eyes were removed, as it was claimed that Chinese eyes could be used to convert lead into silver.

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