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Xinmin congbao 新民叢報 "The New People"


The Xinmin congbao 新民叢報 was a periodical of the reformist group of politicians in the early 20th century. The first issue was published by Liang Qichao 梁啟超 in February 1902 in Yokohama, Japan. The last and 96th issue came out in November 1907. Liang Qichao and the authors advocated a reformed monarchy and refused an introduction of a democratic constitution. In the earlier issues the main target of the authors was the incapability and "corruption" of the Qing dynasty 清 (1644-1911) and her officials. A thoroughly reformed government would make China strong again in order to withstand the intrusion of the Western powers. The reform would include Western thought and institutions, as well as an "objective" scientific thinking and education. The Xinmin congbao was read by intellectuals who were not inclined to radical changes. What was favoured instead was a constitutional monarchy. This tendency drove the periodical into a growing conflict with other, revolutionary papers like Sun Yatsen's (Sun Zhongshan 孫中山) Minbao 民報.

Source: Dai Xueji 戴學稷 (1992). "Xinmin congbao 新民叢報", in: Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, Zhongguo lishi 中國歷史, vol. 3, p. 1323. Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe.

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