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Governing the Dead: Martyrs, Memorials, and Necrocitizenship in Modern China

Linh D. Vu


This book explains how the Chinese Nationalist regime consolidated control by honoring its millions of war-dead, allowing China to emerge rapidly from the wreckage of the first half of the twentieth century to become a powerful state, supported by strong nationalistic sentiment and institutional infrastructure. The fall of the empire, internecine conflicts, foreign invasion, and war-related disasters claimed twenty to thirty million Chinese lives. The book draws on government records, newspapers, and petition letters from mourning families to analyze how the Nationalist regime's commemoration ... More

Keywords: Chinese Nationalist regime, war-dead, Republic of China, victims of violence, military commemoration, public military cemetery, Chinese military cemetery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501756504
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501756504.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linh D. Vu, author
Arizona State University