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K-State Today

January 26, 2015



Mulready-Stone publishes book on youth in wartime Shanghai

By Kristin Mulready-Stone

Kristin Mulready-Stone, assistant professor of history, has published her first book, "Mobilizing Shanghai Youth: CCP Internationalism, GMD Nationalism, and Japanese Collaboration." The book is part of the "Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia" series.

Routledge describes the book:

"In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, youth emerged as a new and important social force in many parts of the world. In China the image of this new youth imprinted itself on Chinese consciousness and made clear to potential national leaders that future governments would not be able to ignore China's youth or expect them simply to step in line. For this and other reasons, the Chinese Communist Party, or CCP; the Chinese Nationalist Party, or GMD; and a string of War of Resistance-era collaborationist governments all formed youth organizations in an effort to win over youth and harness their vitality and enthusiasm to further their agendas.

"'Mobilizing Shanghai Youth' explores the similarities and differences among three youth organizations that were connected to Chinese political parties or governments in Shanghai, spanning from the beginning of the May Fourth Movement, just as youth began to emerge as a powerful social and political force in China, to World War II, when Nationalist, Communist and Japanese forces were still competing for dominance.

"The result of exhaustive archival research, this book will be of huge interest to students and scholars of Chinese history, modern history, Communism and the role of youth in revolution."