By Mary G. Mazur
This biography spotlights the lifetime of a key chinese language highbrow, Wu Han, popular in China as a massive twentieth-century historian and democratic political determine. global recognition was once attracted to Wu within the mid-1960s because the first of Mao Zedong's pursuits within the Cultural Revolution. The biography locates Wu within the speedy alterations within the social and political atmosphere of his occasions, from the early years of the 20th century until eventually his loss of life in felony in 1969. With Wu Han's lifestyles because the concentration, the narrative bargains with the momentous adjustments in chinese language society and executive over the past century. Mazur bases the biographical account on huge interviewing in China, and penetrates very much deeper than the traditional perception of the shift from Nationalist to Communist regimes within the PRC. The complicated lifetime of Wu Han is of curiosity to expert and non-specialist readers alike, either end result of the large relevance of the ancient and political concerns he and people round him faced within the context of the days in China and due to the direct narrative biographical kind revealing the conflicts and intensity within the human state of affairs. Mazur relates Wu Han's lifestyles to the momentous adjustments and conflicts surging via chinese language society, with particular emphasis at the advanced position intellectuals have performed through the process swap.
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By the time Wu graduated from Qinghua National University in Beiping5 in 1934, at twenty-five already widely respected as a historian, he had been abruptly plunged into life as head of his family of mother, two sisters, and brother by his father’s death. Although as a young historian he was well beyond the swirling political currents of Republican China, nonetheless he was loyally conscious of his country. More immediate in his life, was the beginning of a love relationship with a young woman student.
Their stories of British and Japanese treatment of the Chinese incensed the listeners and anti-British and anti-Japanese feeling ran high. A demonstration and parade erupted spontaneously. The crowd broke into a tobacco shop selling British cigarettes, grabbed the cigarettes, and raced outside where they burned them in front of the large crowd. This agitation strengthened the student movement in Jinhua. Within a few months, an underground Chinese Communist Party (CCP) group was formally organized with about ten members, including middle school students, as an outgrowth of the May Thirtieth Association already organized.
1 In his criticism of Wu in May 1966, at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution, Mao Zedong attacked Wu’s essay deploring the neglect of the ancient primer that taught social values as it was used to teach children to read. 3 At the same time he was advocating the ancient primer for teaching knowledge and values, as vice mayor of Beijing, he was administering educational reform policy and, as historian, encouraging historical writing for popular audiences. 4 Wu knew the Classic by heart, having learned it at his father’s knee as a very young boy.