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By Jeffrey L. Richey

An interdisciplinary exploration of the modern Confucian revival.

Until its rejection by means of reformers and revolutionaries within the 20th century, Confucianism were crucial to chinese language tradition, identification, and inspiration for hundreds of years. Confucianism was once rejected by means of either Nationalists less than Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong’s Communist celebration, which characterised it as an ideology of response and repression. but the sage has lower back: this present day, chinese language humans from all walks of existence and each point of authority are embracing Confucianism. As China grew to become clear of the excesses of the Cultural Revolution and skilled the adoption and demanding situations of industry practices, possible choices have been sought to the existing socialist morality. starting within the Nineteen Eighties and carrying on with over the years, principles, photos, behaviors, and attitudes linked to Confucianism have come again into private and non-private lifestyles. during this quantity, students from a variety of disciplines discover the modern Confucian revival in China, taking a look at Confucianism and the country, highbrow lifestyles, and pop culture. individuals observe how the revival of Confucianism performs out in quite a few methods, from China’s courting with the remainder of the realm, to perspectives of capitalism and technology, to blockbuster video clips and teen fashion.

“…this is a well timed publication … hugely recommended.” — CHOICE

Kenneth J. Hammond is Professor of historical past at New Mexico nation college. he's the writer of Pepper Mountain: The lifestyles, dying, and Posthumous profession of Yang Jisheng, the editor of The Human culture in Premodern China, and the coeditor (with Kristin Stapleton) of The Human culture in smooth China.

Jeffrey L. Richey is affiliate Professor of faith and Asian stories at Berea collage. he's the writer of Confucius in East Asia: Confucianism’s historical past in China, Korea, Japan, and Viet Nam and the editor of Teaching Confucianism.

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