Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. A. Stanley Trickett
What was there about the Shantung Decision to stir the Chinese people so? Why did this particular diplomatic defeat incur such wrath? Who would have thought that the carefree Chinese felt so strongly about his country? For that matter, when had the Chinese begun to take an interest in his country? Where had he learned about international affaire? How had this all come about? Many were the foreigners in China who puzzled over these questions. China was changing before their eyes and they didn’t know what to make of it. The Shantung Decision started it all, some of them said. But that was not quite true, news of the Decision did not "start it all". Its significance rather is found in this that it occurred at a most opportune time in Chinese history.
Gebhardt, Marie-Louise, "Renaissance, reform and revolution: A study of the effects of the May 4 protest on these movements in China, 1919-1921" (1963). Student Work. 426.
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