Liang Shuming and the Populist Alternative in China


In Liang Shuming and the Populist Alternative in China, Catherine Lynch offers an alternative understanding of Liang Shuming’s work. While the current work on Liang suggests a connection to other Asian philosophical traditions (like Confucianism and Buddhism), this new work argues that Liang’s work is an important part of the evolution of the modern Chinese thought and examines the role of populist ideas in the development of Liang’s thinking. In addition to Liang’s writings, this reading of Liang relies on lengthy interviews the author completed with Liang as well as with people associated with Liang. This book adds a new perspective based on access the author had to Liang while he was still alive.

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Catherine Lynch was Emeritus Professor of History at Eastern Connecticut State University before her death in 2015. At Eastern, she taught Asian History and completed numerous scholarly works on modern Chinese intellectual thinking.
List of Interviews
Introduction: Understanding the Turn in Liang Shuming’s ThoughtGu Hongliang, translated by Andrew Lambert
1 Populism and China
2 The Early Years
3 New Starts
4 Comparing Cultures
5 Setting the Problem
6 Resolving Doubts
7 The Enlightenment of History
8 Things Fall in Place
9 Liang Shuming and Mao Zedong
10 Conclusion: Populism in China

All those interested in modern Chinese intellectual thought, rural Chines Politics of the 1920's and 30's as well as the work of Liang Shuming.
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