Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Click & Collect from 2 Hours*
Free Delivery to UK Shops
Free UK Standard Delivery On all orders £20 and over Free Delivery to UK Shops Local shops and expert booksellers nationwide Free Click & Collect to UK shops From 2 hours of your order*
Patrolling the Revolution: Worker Militias, Citizenship, and the Modern Chinese State - State & Society in East Asia (Hardback)
  • Patrolling the Revolution: Worker Militias, Citizenship, and the Modern Chinese State - State & Society in East Asia (Hardback)
zoom

Patrolling the Revolution: Worker Militias, Citizenship, and the Modern Chinese State - State & Society in East Asia (Hardback)

(author)
£52.95
Hardback 374 Pages / Published: 03/01/2006
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
This pioneering study explores the role of working-class militias as vanguard and guardian of the Chinese Revolution. The book begins with the origins of urban militias in the late nineteenth century and follows their development to the present day. Elizabeth J. Perry focuses on the institution of worker militias as a vehicle for analyzing the changing (yet enduring) impact of China's revolutionary heritage on subsequent state-society relations. She also incorporates a strong comparative perspective, examining the influence of revolutionary militias on the political trajectories of the United States, France, the Soviet Union, and Iran. Based on exhaustive archival research, the work raises fascinating questions about the construction of revolutionary citizenship; the distinctions among class, community, and creed; the open-ended character of revolutionary movements; and the path dependency of institutional change. All readers interested in deepening their understanding of the Chinese Revolution and in the nature of revolutionary change more generally will find this an invaluable contribution.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742539181
Number of pages: 374
Weight: 621 g
Dimensions: 235 x 182 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
With an approach at once part historian, part political scientist, Elizabeth Perry looks at the role played by popular Chinese militias in shaping revolutionary political forces, beginning with the armed uprisings in 1920s Shanghai. . . . Perry illustrates with her trademark eye for detail and historical poignancy 'the institutional inversion of the Cultural Revolution.' * Far Eastern Economic Review *
Using Chinese archival and other primary sources spanning the better part of the twentieth century, Perry offers a fascinating case study of 'institutional inversion' in the role of worker militias. . . . A must read for scholars of China's modern history and politics. . . . Highly recommended. Graduate students/faculty. -- Suzanne Ogden, Northeastern University * CHOICE *
The heart of Patrolling the Revolution is a comprehensive, exquisitely wrought history of a wide range of institutions in twentieth-century China that Elizabeth Perry groups under the umbrella term 'militia.' -- Marc Blecher, Oberlin College * China Quarterly *
Excellent and readable. . . . An original, comprehensive, and exhaustively researched history of the relationship between revolutionaries and society in China seen through the prism of pickets and militias, and a welcome rethinking of theories and approaches. It is clearly argued and well written. Despite its historical focus, it asks searching questions about the contemporary relevance of its findings to troubling issues of citizenship everywhere, from Beijing to Washington and Baghdad. -- Gregor Benton, University of Wales, Cardiff * The China Journal *
A wonderful, compelling, and thought-provoking work. From the classic Perry introduction, with its masterful mapping of the theoretical terrain, to the clear, richly documented narrative chapters, this book is a pleasure to read. -- Joseph W. Esherick, University of California, San Diego
A major contribution to the literature on revolutions and on the Chinese revolution in particular. -- Michael Tsin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Elizabeth Perry's new study possesses all of the virtues that we have come to expect from its author's publications. Patrolling the Revolution is ambitiously conceived, fluidly written, meticulously researched, and filled with both fascinating empirical detail and sophisticated engagements, with broad debates on the dynamics of political contention. An impressive contribution to a Rowman & Littlefield series that had already, in remarkably short time, firmly established a reputation as an important venue for the publication of major new works on modern China. -- Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, University of California, Irvine; author of China's Brave New World-And Other Tales for Global Times
Perry explores with admirable insight the tensions within, and interactions between, the revolutionary project and the larger political and social environment. The book is impressively well researched, lucidly organized, and written with characteristic clarity. There is remarkable thematic and comparative range-still all too rare in our profession. -- Steve Smith, All Souls College, University of Oxford

You may also be interested in...

The Democracy Project
Added to basket
Reflections on the Revolution in France
Added to basket
Che Guevara
Added to basket
£18.99
Paperback
Gerrard Winstanley
Added to basket
£16.99
Paperback
Voices from the Grave
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Revolution
Added to basket
£16.99
Paperback
Ten Days That Shook the World
Added to basket
Rebel Hearts
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Big Boys' Rules
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The French Revolution
Added to basket
My Fight For Irish Freedom
Added to basket
The State and Revolution
Added to basket
The Gate
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Che Guevara
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Evils of Revolution
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.