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Author Musgrove, Charles D., 1970- author.

Title China's contested capital : architecture, ritual, and response in Nanjing / Charles D. Musgrove
Published Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource (ix, 316 pages) : illustrations, maps, plans
Series Spatial habitus : making and meaning in Asia's architecture
Spatial habitus (Series)
Contents The capital established -- Visions of grandeur in the capital plan -- Administrative aesthetics and "architectural revolution" -- The necropolis of Nanjing -- Lessons in allure : celebrations of state in the capital -- Views from the street: development, defiance & discipline
Summary When the Chinese Nationalist Party nominally reunified the country in 1928, Chiang Kai-shek and other party leaders insisted that Nanjing was better suited than Beijing to serve as its capital. For the next decade, until the Japanese invasion in 1937, Nanjing was the "model capital" of Nationalist China, the center of not just a new regime, but also a new modern outlook in a China destined to reclaim its place at the forefront of nations. Interesting parallels between China's recent rise under the Post-Mao Chinese Communist Party and the Nationalist era have brought increasing scholarly attention to the Nanjing Decade (1927-1937); however, study of Nanjing itself has been neglected. The author brings the city back into the discussion of China's modern development, focusing on how it was transformed from a factional capital with only regional influence into a symbol of nationhood - a city where newly forming ideals of citizenship were celebrated and contested on its streets and at its monuments. This book investigates the development of the model capital from multiple perspectives. It explores the ideological underpinnings of the project by looking at the divisive debates surrounding the new capital's establishment as well as the ideological discourse of Sun Yat-Sen used to legitimize it. In terms of the actual building of the city, it provides an analysis of both the scientific methodology adopted to plan it and the aesthetic experiments employed to construct it. Finally, it examines the political and social life of the city, looking at not only the reinvented traditions that gave official spaces a sacred air but also the ways that people actually used streets and monuments, including the Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum, to pursue their own interests, often in defiance of Nationalist repression. Contrary to the conventional story of incompetence and failure, the author shows that there was more to Nationalist Party nation-building than simply "paper plans" that never came to fruition. He argues rather that the model capital essentially legitimized a new form of state power embodied in new symbolic systems that the Communist Party was able to tap into after defeating the Nationalists in 1949. At the same time, the book makes the case that, although it was unintended by party planners who promoted single-party rule, Nanjing's legitimacy was also a product of protests and contestation, which the party-state only partially succeeded in channeling for its own ends. This book examines twentieth-century Chinese urban history and the social and political history of one of China's key cities during the Republican period
Notes Published in China by Hong Kong University Press
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
In English
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SUBJECT Zhong guo guo min dang gnd
Subject Architecture -- Political aspects -- China -- Nanjing (Jiangsu Sheng)
City planning -- China -- Nanjing (Jiangsu Sheng)
HISTORY -- Asia -- China.
ART -- General.
Architecture -- Political aspects
City planning
Politics and government
Arkitektur och samhälle -- Kina -- Nanjing.
Samhällsplanering -- Kina -- Nanjing.
SUBJECT Nanjing (Jiangsu Sheng, China) -- History
Nanjing (Jiangsu Sheng, China) -- Politics and government
China -- History -- 1928-1937.
Subject China
China -- Nanjing (Jiangsu Sheng)
Nanjing -- historia.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780824837952