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By Yunzhi Geng

This ebook examines intimately the fundamental trajectory of the cultural transformation and brings to gentle the extrinsic stipulations and intrinsic mechanisms concerned. It specializes in the interval from after the Opium Wars to the recent tradition move, because the New tradition move should be thought of a pivotal part within the cultural transformation of modern day China. the recent tradition stream used to be a progressive eruption caused via the buildup of all of the new qualitative cultural components because the Opium Wars. Superficially, the movement’s target appeared to be to overthrow the normal tradition. yet in essence its precise aim used to be to behavior an total “screening” of that tradition. The booklet elaborates a large number of issues during this context, together with: the ideological and cultural evolution following the Opium Wars; the urgent demanding situations confronted via “Zhong Ti”; the preliminary shaping of social, public and cultural areas and significant developments in ideological and cultural transformation on the finish of the Qing Dynasty; the political disarray and conflicts among the recent and previous ideology within the first years of the Republic; the increase of the hot tradition stream; and the function of conservatism within the transition to a latest culture.

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The books, theories, and essays of Lao Zi, Zhuang Zi, Mo Zi, Han Fei Zi, and even Yang Zi (Yang Zhu 370–319 BC) were now being sorted out by top-notch scholars, their writings and theories were finding wide circulation, and the essence of their teachings was being expounded and propagated. This did much to cancel out the dominant position of Confucianism and the Confucian classics. The increased studies of the philosophies inevitably loosened up the academic environment, and it might well be said that the rise of the philosophical studies marked a sort of ideological and academic emancipation.

Many allegations defaming Western religions were concocted on the basis of such rumors. Chronicles of the Relations Between China and the West by Xia Xie (1800–1875) contained an article also entitled “Catholicism: A Study” which cited the referential footnotes in Wei Yuan’s book as established facts and then incorporated these “facts” in his own treatise’s main text. It was unavoidable that wayward missionaries should have committed some unlawful and immoral acts after the advent of Western religions in China, but the partial ought not to have been seen as the whole nor rumors stated as facts.

24 1 Introduction eschewing the falsehoods of Li Xue (the School of Principle). ” This may indeed be seen as the ultimate flowering of Qing Academics. Dai Zhen maintained that Dao and Li had to be seen in terms of actual entities and affairs and that human nature also had to be manifested in the everyday matters of people’s lives. The Dao and Li of Heaven (cosmic Way and cosmic principles) and the nature and lives of human beings were not abstract matters as claimed by the Song Dynasty Confucians, and all of these could be discussed and studied in terms of actual entities and affairs.

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