Presentation Title: For Our Nation's Salvation: The Political Philosophies of Sun Yat-sen and Zhang Binglin

Section: Family Likenesses, Family Rivalries II

Location: , 311

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 11:35am - 11:50am


In 1911, China burst open in a revolution that resulted in the first republican government in Chinese history. The government, however, never lived up to the dreams of those who worked to create it. Two of these men were Sun Yat-sen and Zhang Binglin. They were both essential in developing the nationalist revolutionary ideology that became the essence of the early 20th-century revolutionary movement; yet today they have radically different legacies. Looking closer, however, one finds that these two men have a great deal in common, even though for most of their professional lives they were fierce rivals, disagreeing about strategy for the revolution and foreign aid. My goal was to find their similarities, and to contrast what I concluded to be their similar ideological development and ideas on nationalism and republicanism with their problematic and tension-filled personal relationship and the chaotic nature of the revolutionary movement itself.

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: History

Presentation Topic: China/Asia

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Presenter(s): Fall, Jonathan Scott
Major(s): History
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Wyatt, Don J.
Dept(s): History

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