Confucius and China in the Modern Age

Author: Lin Ganguan

ISBN: 978-1-84464-264-9

E--ISBN: 9781844643738

Hardback - 680 pages

May 2019


£80 €105 $135


This book draws together the contrasting strands of academic material on the advancement and impact of Confucianism within modern day China. Edited by China’s foremost expert in this field, this new title examines the events from the 20th and 21st centuries to help unravel the reasons why Confucius belief endured within a rapidly modernising China. Kong Fu-Tzu and Confucianism have undergone dramatic ups and downs during the 20th century in China and the ideological and political struggle between the groups who worships Confucius and anti-Confucius has existed for half a century. After the Culture Revolution, the study of Kong Fu-Tzu and Confucianism are able to be studied without any political meddling and has achieved great success. However, the academic field is still holding different opinions towards this. This book has tried to sort out Kong Fu-Tzu and Confucianism’s history in last century and analyzes some important topics and issues with evidence. It’s also given readers some new opinions about several questions, through which we could learn more about intellectual history, academic history and political history of modern China.


1. Confucius Before the 20th Century 2. The Reform Movement of 1898 & Confucius 3. The Debate Between Worshiping Confucius & Anti-Confucianism Before the Revolution of 1911 4. The Farce of Worshiping Confucius & Ancient Returning in the Early Days of The Republic of China 5. The May 4th Movement & Criticise Confucius 6. The Confucius & Confucius Thought in East and West Cultural Debate 7. The Thought Clash of Worshiping Confucius & Anti-Confucianism During the First KMT-CPC Cooperation Period 8. The Works on Confucius Research after The May 4th Movement 9. Nanjing National Government & the Doctrine of Confucius and Mencius 10. The Worship of Confucius in Enemy-Occupied Area During Anti-Japanese War 11. Comments & Researches about Confucius and His Thought During Anti-Japanese & Liberation War (Section 1) 12. Comments & Researches about Confucius and His Thought During Anti-Japanese and Liberation War (Second 2) 13. Comments & Researches about Confucius and His Thought after Nation-Making of Seventeen Years 14. Cultural Revolution & Criticizing Lin Biao & Confucius 15. Comments & Researches about Confucius and His Thought after Reform & Opening (Section 1) 16. Comments & Researches about Confucius and His Thought after Reform and Opening (Section 2)


Lin Ganquan is the editor of China’s Historical Research Magazine. Previous positions include Director of the Institute of Historical Research at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Member of the State Council Published Ancient Books Arrangement & Planning Group, Vice Chairman of Editing & Publishing Committee of Guo Moruo's works, Presidium Member & Vice Chairman of China History Institute, President & adviser in Chinese History of Qin and Han Dynasties Research Association, President of Guo Moruo Research Association in China. Lin Ganquan is currently the Presidium Member of The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (literature & philosophy department) and Professor at the Institute of History Research at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

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