Liu Zehua and studies of China's monarchism

Yuri Pines*

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This introduction 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 distinguishes him from proponents of revival of traditional values and makes him one of the powerful opponents of cultural conservatives in China.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)3-20
Number of pages18
JournalContemporary Chinese Thought
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

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Funding Information:
The author’s work on this issue was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (Grant No. 511/11) and by the Michael William Lipson Chair in Chinese Studies.


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