From Traitor to Martyr: drawing lessons from the death and burial of Wang Jingwei, 1944

Taylor, Jeremy E. From Traitor to Martyr: drawing lessons from the death and burial of Wang Jingwei, 1944. Journal of Chinese History, vol. 3, n° 1 (January 2019), pp. 137-158. Publié en ligne en mars 2018. DOI:10.1017/jch.2017.43

Jeremy E. Taylor (Université de Nottingham) est directeur du projet COTCA : Cultures of Occupation in Twentieth Century Asia.

Résumé/Abstract

Based on recently reopened files and publications in Nanjing, as well as published and newsreel accounts from the 1940s, this paper represents the first scholarly analysis of the rituals surrounding the death and burial of Wang Jingwei in Japanese-occupied China. Rather than locating this analysis purely in the literature on the history of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–45), however, this paper asks what Wang Jingwei’s Re-organized National Government might tell us about personality cults in the political culture of modern China. While Wang’s burial drew heavily on the precedent of Sun Yat-sen’s funerals of the 1920s, it also presaged later spectacles of public mourning and posthumous commemoration, such as Chiang Kai-shek’s funeral in 1975 in Taipei. In focusing on this one specific event in the life of a “puppet government,” this paper hopes to reignite scholarly interest in the study of “dead leaders” and their posthumous lives in modern Chinese history more generally.

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