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Political Repression, Media Propaganda, and Nation Building

10:00 | Thursday, April 21, 2022

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Peiyuan Li, PhD Candidate from the University of Colorado Boulder presents his award-winning paper*: “Political Repression, Media Propaganda, and Nation Building”


Print media is critical in nation-building. In the conquest of China in the mid-17th century, the Manchu-led Qing government oppressed the Han Chinese, the native population of China. Two and a half centuries later, when modern newspaper technology became available, revolutionary propagandists took advantage of a retelling of the political repression and resistance and made it into ethnic conflicts to fan the flames of discontent. Applying machine learning to analyze 0.3 million newspaper article titles, Peiyuan Li of the University of Colorado Boulder examines the interaction between the anti-Manchu propaganda and the historical repression and resistance. He finds that prefectures with repression and resistance responded more to the anti-Manchu propaganda and produced more revolutionaries. After the revolution, revolutionaries strove to build a modern nation-state by organizing the Kuomintang party, army, and government. His results indicate that propaganda utilizing historical repression and resistance shaped political identity and played a pivotal role in the nation building of modern China.

*Peiyuan’s paper, Political Repression, Media Propaganda, and Nation Building, won the Best Paper Award (第六屆南都量化歷史研究最佳論文獎) at the Eighth Annual Symposium on Quantitative History (2021)

Discussant: Boxiao Zhang, PhD candidate, UCLA Economics

Thursday, April 21, 2022

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The Quantitative History Webinar Series aims to provide researchers, teachers, and students with an online intellectual platform to keep up to date with the latest research in the field, promoting the dissemination of research findings and interdisciplinary use of quantitative methods in historical research. The Series, now in its third year, is co-organized by the International Society for Quantitative History, HKU Business School, and Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. 量化歷史網上講座系列由香港大學陳志武和馬馳騁教授聯合發起,旨在介紹前沿量化歷史研究成果、促進同仁交流,推廣量化方法在歷史研究中的應用。本系列講座由國際量化歷史學會、香港大學經管學院和香港人文社會研究所全力支持和承辦。

Conveners: Professor Zhiwu Chen & Dr. Chicheng Ma (HKU Business School)

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