The Politics of Local Statecraft in Nationalist China


Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants




My dissertation elucidates a politics of GMD local statecraft in which people, confined and motivated by some common cultural/social factors, not only contended for power and resources to fulfill specific versions of local statecraft, but also explored new political identities, behaviors, and ideas about what fell under the heading of “politics” itself. In doing so, my research concentrates on three sets of relationships: the interaction between the GMD’s preferred mode of ruling and their experiences on the ground; the mutual emulation of the GMD and CCP; and intra-Party conflict between more politically-oriented and more technocratic cadres.