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Wretched Rebels This book a condensed translation of the prize winning Jacueries et rvolution dans la Chine du XXe sicle focuses on spontaneous rural unrest uninfluenced by revolutionary intellectuals Yet it raises issues inspired by the perennial concerns of revolutionary leaders such as peasant class consciousness and China's modernizationThe author shows that the predominant forms of protest were directed not against the landowning class but against agents of the state Foremost among them resistance to taxation had little to do with class struggle By contrast protest by poor agricultural laborers and heavily indebted households was extremely rare Other forms of social protest were reactions less to social exploitation than to oppression by local powerholders Peasant resistance to the late ing new policy reforms did indeed impede China's modernization Decades later peasant efforts to evade conscription while motivated by abuses and ineuities weakened the anti Japanese resistanceThe concluding chapter stresses persistent features of rural protest It suggests that twentieth century Chinese peasants were less different from seventeenth or eighteenth century French peasants than might be imagined and points to continuities between pre and post 1949 rural protest

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