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Conceptions of Chinese Democracy

Reading Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek, and Chiang Ching-kuo

Conceptions of Chinese Democracy provides a coherent and critical introduction to the democratic thought of three fathers of modern Taiwan—Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek, and Chiang Ching-kuo—in a way that is accessible and grounded in broader traditions of political theory.

David J. Lorenzo’s comparative study allows the reader to understand the leaders’ democratic conceptions and highlights important contradictions, strengths, and weaknesses that are central to any discussion of Chinese culture and democratic theory. Lorenzo further considers the influence of their writings on political theorists, democracy advocates, and activists on mainland China.

Students of political science and theory, democratization, and Chinese culture and history will benefit from the book's substantive discussions of democracy, and scholars and specialists will appreciate the larger arguments about the influence of these ideas and their transmission through time.

About the Author

David J. Lorenzo is an associate professor in the College of International Affairs at National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Reviews

"Lorenzo has produced a well-researched book that offers valuable insights into modern Chinese democratic thought. It deserves to be widely read by China/Taiwan scholars and those interested in Asian democracy."

- Edmund S.K. Fung - The China Journal

"A rigorous a thoughtfully argued work that examines the historical origins of the idea of democracy in the Chinese world, and its application in practice... This book provides a valuable service, giving us a much-needed, highly detailed account of the political thinking of three major actors in China's modern history, and throwing up a wealth of powerful arguments about the ultimate compatibility of democracy and Chinese culture."

- Rana Mitter - The Journal of Asian Studies

Endorsements

"Conceptions of Chinese Democracy provides the first coherent summary of this body of thought and its potential relevance to Taiwan's present, China's future, Asian democracy, and democratic theory in general. The scholarship is sound and the writing is peerless."

- Bruce Gilley, Portland State University
Johns Hopkins University Press
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