China and the May 4th Movement

Protesters march against the Treaty of Versailles in Beijing, May 1919 (Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons) "When the May Fourth Movement took place in 1919, I was only sixteen years old, a student at the Tianjin Women’s Normal College", wrote Deng Yingchao (邓颖超/ 鄧穎超; pinyin: Dèng Yǐngchāo) years after the events took place. "On May… Continue reading China and the May 4th Movement

Legalism And Leninism In China’s Constitutional History

When the Qing Dynasty was overthrown in 1911 and the Republic of China (ROC) was proclaimed, the revolutionaries led by Sun Yat-sen embarked on an ambitious experiment to modernise the country according to liberal Western ideals of democracy, human rights and division of powers. The new Republican government issued a Provisional Constitution which guaranteed progressive… Continue reading Legalism And Leninism In China’s Constitutional History