This book sums up a lifetime of schoarship that has established Lucien Bianco as the leading specialist on China's twentieth century peasant resistance. It examines, reexamines, in bold and original ways, the question: Was the Chinese peasantry a revolutionary force? Where most scholarly attention has focused on Communist-led peasant movements, Bianco's story is one of peasant thought and action largely unmediated by modern political parties. This volume pays particular attention to the first half of the twentieth century when peasant based conflict, ranging from tax and food protests to secret society conflicts, opium struggles, intercommunal conflicts, and tenant protests over rent, was central to nationwide revolutionary processes. While attentive to national and global forces penetrating the countryside, the book never loses sight of village roots of consciousness and resistance, the local character of many conflicts, and the interaction between the village and the milieu of war and international conflict that shaped China's great twentieth century transformations. It traces key themes of social conflict and peasant resistance from the Republic to the People's Republic down to the present.Exploring one of the most dynamic and contested regions of the world, this series includes works on political, economic, cultural, and social changes in modern and contemporary Asia and the Pacific.
|Title||:||Peasants Without the Party|
|Publisher||:||M.E. Sharpe - 2001|