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The Nanyang Revolution
The Comintern and Chinese Networks in Southeast Asia, 1890–1957


  • Date Published: September 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108471657

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  • In this innovative reading, the development of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) is explored in the context of an emerging nationalism in Southeast Asia, the interplay of overseas Chinese networks and the Comintern. Based on extensive new archival material, Anna Belogurova shows how the MCP was shaped by the historical contingencies of anti-imperialism in Southeast Asia, long-term Chinese migration trends, networks, identity, and the organizational practices of the Comintern. This is the story of how a group of left-leaning Chinese migrant intellectuals engaged with global forces to create a relevant and lasting Malayan national identity, providing fresh international perspectives on the history of Malaysia, Chinese communism, the Cold War, and decolonization.

    • Based on rich new archival material relating to the Comintern and the Cold War
    • Explores the transnational context for China's communist revolution
    • Sheds new light on the origins of Malayan nationalism
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Bringing to light previously untapped sources, The Nanyang Revolution breaks new ground in analyzing the history of the Malayan Communist Party and its vision of a Malayan nation. Belogurova's exploration of the internationalism-nationalism relationship and of Comintern attitudes towards overseas Chinese represents a major contribution to our understanding of communism as a global movement.' Barbara Watson Andaya, University of Hawai'i

    'This innovative and deeply researched study of the Malayan Communist Party offers a fresh and imaginative exploration of the interplay of nationalism and internationalism, indigenization and internationalization across a space that stretches from Southeast Asia to Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.' S. A. Smith, All Souls College, Oxford

    'This book tells a compelling story of diaspora politics of displacement, bringing into focus the significance of the maritime networks in the making of China's modern revolutions, nationalist as well as communist. It's an achievement that remaps the spatial dynamics of the transformation of modern China.' Wen-hsin Yeh, University of California, at Berkeley

    ''Nanyang' was the savage front of the international revolutionary movement. Anna Eduardovna Belogurova provides a clear, overarching view of the relationship between ideas of the Chinese-oriented 'Minzu' and the reality of internationalism proposed by the Comintern.' Ishikawa Yoshihiro, Kyoto University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108471657
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Revolution in the Nanyang:
    1. Prologue: a Durian for Sun Yatsen
    2. The global world of Chinese networks in the 1920s: The Chinese Revolution and the liberation of the oppressed Minzu
    3. The Nanyang Revolution and the Malayan nation, 1929–1930: nations, migrants, words
    Part II. The Comintern, the MCP, and Chinese Networks, 1930–1935:
    4. The MCP as a hybrid communist party: structure, discourse, and activity, 1930–1934
    5. The Comintern, Malaya, and Chinese networks, 1930–1936
    Part III. The GMD, the MCP, and the Nation: Minzu Cultivated, Minzu Lost:
    6. Minzu cultivated, 1928–1940
    7. Language, power, and the MCP's lost nation, 1939–1940
    8. Epilogue.

  • Author

    Anna Belogurova, Freie Universität Berlin
    Anna Belogurova is a research fellow at the Institute for China Studies, the Freie Universität Berlin.

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