Cover of Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China
The View from Shanghai
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom


444 pages.

Paperback ISBN: 9780804731669



This is a history of student protests in Shanghai from the turn of the century to 1949, showing how these students experienced and help shape the course of the Chinese Revolution.

About the author

Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University, Bloomington.

"Wasserstrom has made a major contribution by shaping the history of student protest into a single, twentieth-century story and pattern of complexity. In doing so, he offers a model for rethinking the late imperial, republican, and communist periods as a historical unit conditioned by indigenous and global forces, and explained by sinological and comparative methods."

Journal of Asian Studies

"It succeeds very well at what it sets out to do: to bring Shanghai and performance theory to bear upon our understanding of student activism in twentieth-century China. Enriched by a comprehensive bibliographical essay and suggestive comparisons with Russian, American, and European student movements, this study sets a new standard for research in social history."

The China Quarterly

"Wasserstrom's study is an important contribution to political, social, and cultural history, and by focusing on the role and techniques of student protest has added an important piece to the complex jigsaw of China's twentieth-century revolution."

Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

"Analytical and rich in detail, . . . this study makes an important contribution to our understanding of the roles educated Chinese youth played as challengers of authority."

Journal of Asian History