Volume 13, Issue 1
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Focusing on Liang Qichao’s campaign of national moral character reform, this article examines the discourse of (新民 new people) as a social engineering project that sought to remold the mindset and behaviors of the people a means of nation-building in the 1900s. Drawing on Koselleck’s idea of conceptual history, it analyses how the idea of () was deployed as a discursive building block of to cultivate a sense of membership in the political community of Chinese nation. It argues that the discourse facilitated a fundamental restructuring of the mental-cognitive framing of society in changing China from a Confucian cultural entity to a national political identity.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Chinese nation; Liang Qichao; nation-building; qun; tianxia; Xinmin Congbao; Xinmin Shuo
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