China's Intellectual Elites - Ideas and Networks 1860s-1960s: Context (HIH3022)

30 credits

The intelligentsia of modern China is represented by a group of well-educated men and women who not only identified themselves with the new knowledge and cultural spaces enabled by the making of a modern world, but also took the elitist mission of enlightening and remoulding the Chinese nation through different paths in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Their intellectual life as well as their personal life was tightly connected with the fate of the ‘new China’. However, they did not constitute a homogenous group: their diverse ideas and multiple networks, which were formed beyond the ideological and institutional boundary of the communist revolution, demonstrate the complex social, political, cultural and ideological components of Chinese nation-building.