Democracy and Socialism in Republican China
The Politics of Zhang Junmai , 1906-1941
This book is the first full-length English-language study to explore the struggles for constitutional democracy and democratic socialism of Zhang Junmai [Carsun Chang, 1887-1969], a major political and intellectual figure in Republican China. Focusing on Zhang's writings, Roger Jeans has provided detailed descriptions and extensive translations of Zhang's key books and essays. He sets the context for these seminal works by describing Zhang's personal situation, the social and intellectual milieu, and the political climate at the time. This study will be useful to all readers interested in the history of the concepts of constitutionalism, human rights, and democracy as they have developed in China.
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Roger B. Jeans, Jr., provides us with a detailed and thoughtful description of Zhang Junmai's thought and life. It is not only an excellent biography of an important intellectual and minority-party leader, but also a pioneering work on the third force between the Chinese Communist Party and the Nationalist Party in modern China. . . . Jeans clearly demonstrates the close connections between Zhang Junmai's thought, his political activities, and the political climate and the intellectual milieu of his day. As a result he delineates not only Zhang's individual history, but also the complexity of the social, political, and cultural world of early twentieth century China. . . . I highly recommend it to all readers interested in the issues of democracy, socialism, and nationalism in modern China.--Wang Hui, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing "Journal of Asian Studies "