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To adapt a building or structure to current conditions, tastes, or usage, usually by remodeling.
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Chang presents a radically different interpretation of Cixi and her time, suggesting that she was an intentional and conscious modernizer and reformer as well as a virtuous and likeable woman.
The market's secondary status in its new location was further demonstrated by modernizer Jack MacDonald's contention that since the market was now contained within a parking structure, the City Parking Authority should manage the market instead of the Property and License Committee.
If modernization is a matter of such accouterments of modern state power as an army, navy, or diplomatic corps, then Li was certainly a modernizer. If modernization is a deeper process of organizational and institutional change, however, Li's reliance on traditional forms of political organization and his accommodation of the Ch'ing court and his own corrupt subordinates tie him firmly to China's political past.
Bill Bradley, Mario Cuomo, and Sam Nunn, take note: George Bush blends modernizer and traditionalist features in a very appealing way.
Eighty percent of Sunnis surveyed expressed concern over the struggle between modernization and fundamentalism, with 65 percent of that group identifying with the modernizers, six percent with the fundamentalists and 8 percent refusing to name with whom their sympathies lay.
But he also argues, correctly in my opinion, that the optimism of the modernizers collapsed in the lace of the Vietnam War and its domestic fallout, including the deep political divisions of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The modernizers found out that their "clients" were not as reformable as they had thought.
the Ottoman empire and its successors) is "their capacity to borrow from the earlier modernizers, and to make effective use of such borrowing." The question addressed by the authors is how to determine "the receptivity of Ottoman society to foreign influences."
A study by the National Chamber of Commerce released on March 10 warns that if the Salinas-backed modernizers do not win the August national elections, business interests expect "revolution and a rupture with the past."
A tragic hero, he is convinced that the cause of pure patriotism has been betrayed by the modernizers; he dies alone and insane.
Another is her acute analysis of the changes in political alignments, powerholding, and wealth distribution that occurred with the liberal Reform of the 1 850s, processes that stimulated the rise of a new political and property-holding middle class, and the later bifurcation of the liberals into a more populist, rural, caudillo-dominated group and an urban-based, republican (though not radically democratic) group of progressive modernizers. In a book as ambitious as this one it is not difficult to find some flaws, of course.
The modernizers of early twentieth-century China needed to paint "Confucianism" in the darkest possible colors, and Ko shows in her Introduction how their agenda required a simple model of the oppression of women, admitting none of the complexities she describes.