The Cultural Difference between Beijing and Shanghai and Its Influence on New Culture Movement

  • Yuezhi, Xiong (Institute of History, Shanghai Academy of Social Science)
  • Received : 2019.05.20
  • Accepted : 2019.06.30
  • Published : 2019.12.31


The New Culture Movement marked the dawning of a turbulent era in China. By the time of May Fourth Movement, the cultural contradiction and confliction grew into an extensive and enduring social movement extending deep and far-reaching influence on the Chinese society. The huge difference and contradiction existing between the Beijing and Shanghai cultures contributed to the outbreak of this social movement. To be specific, there was an active human and information exchange involving the two leading Chinese cities and at the same time the old and new cultures, thoughts and moralities constantly acted upon each other.



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