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Voting as a Rite

A History of Elections in Modern China

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$65.00 • £52.95 • €58.50

ISBN 9780674237216

Publication Date: 01/07/2019


316 pages

6 x 9 inches

8 photos, 4 illus., 1 table

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  • List of Tables and Figures*
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. Rectifying Names: Inventing Terms for Elections, 1840–1898
  • 2. Transmission and Re-Creation: Writing Laws for Voting, 1898–1908
  • 3. The First Elections and the Last Emperor: Voting and Campaigning, 1909–1911
  • 4. Free Elections and the First Republic: Parties and the Press, 1911–1913
  • 5. Warlord Democracy: Coercion and Coordination, 1913–1921
  • 6. Elections as Education: Political Tutelage, 1921–1987
  • 7. Voting without a Choice: Elections in the People’s Republic, 1949–2018
  • Conclusion: Democratization and the Discourse of Elections in China
  • Character List
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • * Tables and Figures
    • Tables
      • 1. Primary-Stage Voting and Revoting in Wu County, 1909
    • Figures
      • 1. Frequency of terms gong ju and xuanju to mean “election/voting” in Shenbao headlines, 1872–1901
      • 2. Frequency of terms gong ju and xuanju to mean “election/voting” in Shenbao headlines, 1905–1911
      • 3. Frequency of terms gong ju and xuanju to mean “election/voting” in headlines of forty-one Chinese periodicals, 1872–1911
      • 4. Relative frequency of the use of the term yundong to mean “election campaigning” during the 1909 provincial assembly elections
      • 5. “Yuzhong xuanju yundong [Election Campaigning in the Rain]”
      • 6. “Xuanju yundong [Election Campaigning]”
      • 7. “Xuanju yundong er [Election Campaigning 2]”
      • 8. A model ballot for the 1912 parliamentary election
      • 9. “Miss Mei Votes in China’s First General Election”
      • 10. “Women you xuanjuquan he bei xuanjuquan” [We Have the Right to Vote and to Be Elected] (1953)
      • 11. “Use your democratic rights in accordance with the law/Cast a sacred ballot.” Propaganda slogan for the 2016 local People’s Congress election in Changsha, Hunan
      • 12. The former provincial legislature building in Changsha, Hunan

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