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By Joan Judge

ISBN-10: 0804727414

ISBN-13: 9780804727419

Print and Politics deals a cultural historical past of a overdue Qing newspaper, Shibao, the main influential reform day-by-day of its time. Exploring the simultaneous emergence of a brand new print tradition and a brand new tradition of politics in early-twentieth-century China, the e-book treats Shibao as either establishment and textual content and demonstrates how the reporters who wrote for the paper tried to stake out a “middle realm” of discourse and practice.

Chronicling the function those newshounds performed in academic and constitutional organisations, in addition to their involvement in significant problems with the day, it analyzes their essays as political files and as cultural artifacts. specific consciousness is paid to the language the reporters used, the cultural constructs they hired to constitution their arguments, and the a number of assets of authority they appealed to in advancing their claims for reform.

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3 ! Because these publications continued to circulate in China with little difficulty despite official prohibitions, the government reasserted its position in the edict announcing the New Policies on January 29, 190I. This document further indicted Kang Youwei and Liang Qichao's efforts to disseminate their journals in China, claiming that although they had "fled overseas, they continued to lead people astray with their ... "32 Edicts ordering the closing of newspapers and the arrest of journalists multiplied thereafter, causing many newspapers in the interior either to cease publication or to move to the foreign concessions in Shanghai.

Ll The Shanghai xinbao (New Shanghai journal), which was edited by West- 20 THE FORMATION OF THE NEW MIDDLE REALM erners and which ran from December r86r until the end of December r872, was one of the earliest Shanghai newspapers dealing with merchant news. 12 In r872 Shanghai xinbao was superseded by Shenbao (Shanghai journal). Founded by two British tea merchants, Frederick and Ernest Major, Shenbao would have the longest history of any of these early newspapers, surviving until May r949. While Shenbao did publish articles on regional, national, and international issues, until r905, when it was reformed under Shibao's influence, it was less a new-style political organ and more a commercialized news service.

9 While the content of their message may have been of little relevance to later Chinese reformers, their use of the print medium as a means of advocacy clearly pointed to its political potential. The other 30 percent of Chinese-language newspapers and 80 percent of the English newspapers in nineteenth-century China were established by foreign merchants. This reflected both the importance of the commercial role foreigners played in China at the time and the link that had traditionally existed between commerce and the press in Europe.

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