New Book: Negotiating A Chinese Federation by Vivienne Xiangwei GUO

Vivienne X GUO Discussion

Dear fellow scholars, 

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book: Negotiating A Chinese Federation by Brill.

This book offers the first comprehensive study of the ways in which China’s men of guns (so-called “warlords”) and men of letters (May Fourth intellectuals) engaged one another for the making of a Chinese federation between 1919 and 1923. Breaking the constructed dichotomy between the men of guns and men of letters, it reappraises Chinese warlordism against the backdrop of the Chinese enlightenment. Exploring the ideological underpinnings and political vigour of the Chinese federalist movement, this book aims to provide a fresh interpretation of China’s cultural renewal and state-building.

Vivienne Xiangwei Guo, Negotiating A Chinese Federation: The Exchange of Ideas and Political Collaborations between China's Men of Guns and Men of Letters, 1919-1923 (Brill, 2022)