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Contemporary Chinese Politics in Historical Perspective - Brantly Womack

Contemporary Chinese Politics in Historical Perspective

By: Brantly Womack (Editor)

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Published: 20th April 1992
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Few countries have had more turbulent politics in the twentieth century than China. Although China's unprecedented stability and prosperity in the 1980s gave hope that such turbulence was at an end, the crises of Tiananmen, culminating in the massacre of June 4, 1989, proved that the turbulence continues. Here, eight distinguished China specialists provide broad-gauged, original essays that attempt to explain the dynamics of contemporary Chinese politics by analyzing the preceding patterns of development. Some of the essays focus on the most basic issues of the historical development of Chinese politics while other essays focus on developments in important policy areas since 1949. The book concludes with a penetrating analysis of the Tiananmen events by Tang Tsou, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Together, the essays detail the weight of the past on Chinese politics, but also the long-term developments that prevent the simple recurrence of previous patterns.

"This book presents an extraordinarily perceptive analysis of the historical dynamics of Chinese politics. It addresses many of the most fundamental questions about the course of China's modern development and examines crucially important contemporary dilemmas in their historical context. Both China specialists and general readers will be stimulated. The final chapter is a remarkable examination of the dilemmas facing China in the wake of the Tiananmen massacre of 1989 and the urgent need for a fundamental reconciliation between state and society in China." A. Doak Barnett, School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University

Introduction
Contemporary China and its Prerevolutionary Heritage
The dengist reforms in historical perspective
China's search for democracy: public authority and popular power in China
A bourgeois alternative? The Shanghai arguments for a Chinese capitalism: the 20s and the 80s
Policy Dynamics Within The People's Republic of
The contradictions of grassroots participation and undemocratic statism in Maoist China and their fate
The Chinese industrial state in historical perspective: from totalitarianism to corporatism
From revolutional cadres to bureaucratic technocrats
China's Evolving World Role
China's search for national identity
The Tiananmen tragedy: the state-society relationship, choices, and mechanism in historical perspective
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ISBN: 9780521422826
ISBN-10: 0521422825
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 20th April 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 17.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.52