The evolution of the national games in China, 1910-2009: a century of change

Li Liu

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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This dissertation explores the nature of the reciprocal relationship between the National Games and nationalism in China from 1910 to 2009. It aims to uncover how the National Games fulfilled different roles in its relationship to Chinese politics and reflected changing content of state-led nationalist ideologies. Three theories of nationalism are applied to understand how the National Games produced and projected nationalist sentiment and attachment to the Chinese nation-state. It argues that the National Games brought Chinese citizens together to celebrate Chinese national identity and contributed to the developing of China's international prestige as well as national pride and morale.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Wang, Wang Yi, Supervisor
  • Azariadis, Michael, Supervisor
  • Fan, Hong, Supervisor
Award date19 May 2016
Publication statusUnpublished - 2016


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