Democracy in Experiment: Political Institutions During the Early Republican Period

  • William L. Tung


The revolution in Wuchang had inflamed many provinces. A need to discuss matters of vital importance and common interest created an increasing demand for a temporary organization to be set up in a centrally located place such as Shanghai. On November 11, 1911, Ch’eng Teh-chuan and Tong Shou-ch’ien, military governors of Kiangsu and Chekiang respectively, made a joint suggestion to that effect to Ch’en Chi-mei, the military governor of Shanghai. According to their proposal, the military governors of the provincial governments and the provincial assemblies would send one representative each to Shanghai for a conference. Prompt action was taken the following day by the representatives of Kiangsu and Chekiang through a circular telegram to the various provincial authorities. On November 15, the Representative Conference of the Military Governors held its first meeting; and, five days later, it reached a decision to recognize Wuchang as the seat of the Central Military Government of the Republic, headed by the military governor of Hupei province.


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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1964

Authors and Affiliations

  • William L. Tung
    • 1
  1. 1.Queens CollegeCity University of New YorkUSA

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