China's Contested Capital: Architecture, Ritual, And Response In Nanjing (Spatial Habitus: Making And Meaning In Asia's Architecture)

China's Contested Capital: Architecture, Ritual, And Response In Nanjing (Spatial Habitus: Making And Meaning In Asia's Architecture)

China's Contested Capital: Architecture, Ritual, and Response in Nanjing (Spatial Habitus: Making and Meaning in Asia's Architecture)

When the Chinese Nationalist Party nominally reunified the country in 1928, Chiang Kai-shek and other party leaders insisted that Nanjing was better suited than Beijing to serve as its capital. For the next decade, until the Japanese invasion in 1937, Nanjing was the “model capital” of Nationalist China, the center of not just a new regime, but also a new modern outlook in a China destined to reclaim its place at the forefront of nations. Interesting parallels between China’s recent rise under the Post-Mao Chinese Communist Party and the Nationalist era have brought increasing scholarly attention to the Nanjing Decade (1927–1937); however, study of Nanjing itself has been neglected. Charles Musgrove brings the city back into the discussion of China’s modern development, focusing on how it was transformed from a factional capital with only regional influence into a symbol of nationhood―a city where newly forming ideals of citizenship were celebrated and contested on its streets and at its monuments.

China’s Contested Capital investigates the development of the model capital from multiple perspectives. It explores the ideological underpinnings of the project by looking at the...

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