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The Rhetoric of Change


Lin, Christina Y. (2017) The Rhetoric of Change. Other, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/1DSH-MQ66.


The early 20th century saw a plethora of declarations, proclamations, and calls to arms for change in China. Some authors, such as Mao Zedong, represented prominent political movements, while others, like Lu Xun, expressed their ideas in passing through a preface to a collection of short stories. Among these writers, some take a practical approach, reflecting a belief that revolution begins with concrete, tangible changes that will improve the lives of the common man. Others favor ideological appeal based on the assumption that true change comes from a fundamental shift in political structure or mindset. Each writer arrives at a rhetorical strategy based on whether he prioritizes unifying the people or inspiring a strong, independent China.

Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Subject Keywords:McClure History
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Humanities and Social Sciences
Major Option:Humanities
Awards:Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prize - History, 2017
Thesis Availability:Restricted to Caltech community only
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Group:Hixon Writing Center, Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prize - History
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Defense Date:3 April 2017
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:05242017-164142935
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ID Code:10203
Deposited By: Leslie Rico
Deposited On:25 May 2017 23:07
Last Modified:11 Apr 2019 21:24

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