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May Fourth Movement
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In a more limited sense, the May Fourth Movement (wusi yundong) signifies the patriotic student protests in 1919, which culminated in the May Fourth Incident (wusi shijian). In a wider sense it refers to the intellectual-cultural reform movement of 1917 to 1921, the so-called New Culture Movement. 1917 marks the year when a group of young intellectuals came together at Beijing University who, with their agenda of enlightenment, almost completely broke …

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Staiger, Brunhild, “May Fourth Movement”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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