Liu Zehua (1935-2018)

Yuri Pines*

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This obituary surveys the biography and major works of Liu Zehua, a leading scholar of China's intellectual history, political thought, and political culture. It explores the impact of Liu Zehua's personal experience, in particular the upheavals of the Cultural Revolution, on his conceptualization of Chinese political culture as subjugated to the overarching principle of monarchism. Liu Zehua's critical engagement with China's past distinguished him from proponents of revival of traditional values and made him one of the powerful opponents of cultural conservatives in China.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalEarly China
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2019

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© The Society for the Study of Early China and Cambridge University Press 2019


  • Confucianism
  • Cultural Revolution
  • Legalism
  • Liu Zehua
  • Monarchism
  • Sages


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