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This front matter section contains the table of contents, acknowledgments, and introduction part of the book The Politics of Language in Chinese Education, 1895-1919. The book examines the origins of the "literary revolution" proclaimed in 1917 by Hu Shi, Chen Duxiu and others in the new culture magazine Xin Qingnian. The study covers the period from the Sino-Japanese War of 1894/5 up to the establishment of the Preparatory Committee for the Unification of the National Language in April 1919. The book argues that education was the central battleground for all debates on both language and literature taking place during these periods. Students of nationalism such as Ernest Gellner and the Eric Hobsbawm have shown that the establishment of national educational systems played a major role in the emergence of nationalism.

Keywords:Chinese education; language; literary revolution; nationalism; Sino-Japanese War

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