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Through a Glass Darkly : American Views of the Chinese Revolution - William Hinton

Through a Glass Darkly

American Views of the Chinese Revolution

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2006
ISBN: 9781583671429
Number Of Pages: 288

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Through a Glass Darkly was William Hinton’s last book. It draws on a lifetime of immersion in Chinese politics and society, beginning with the seven years he spent in China, working mainly in agriculture and land reform, until 1953. On his return to the United States in that year, Hinton first encountered the distortions and misrepresentations of the Chinese Revolution that he examines in this book.

Hinton defends the achievements of the Chinese Revolution during the three decades from 1948 to 1979 from its detractors both in the United States and, since 1979, in China itself. His starting point is the work of John K. Fairbank, for many years a professor at Harvard and the “dean of China Studies” in the United States. But it is not limited to critique. Instead, Hinton's critique of Fairbank leads into a wide-ranging examination of the nature of the transformation attempted in China, its social and political bases, and the causes and consequences of its policies in land reform, agriculture, combating famine, popular culture, industrialization, morality, and much else besides.

Moving from large questions to concrete details, often drawn from his own experiences, Hinton brings everyday life in revolutionary China graphically to life. In a time when the distorted views first developed by U.S. critics of the Chinese Revolution are often propagated by the new Chinese elite themselves, Through a Glass Darkly has more than just historical relevance. For anyone wishing to understand present-day rivalries between the United States and China, Hinton shows how these began. This is a fitting completion of the work of a great scholar and revolutionary.

Introduction : from boardroom to classroomp. 13
An academic "people's life museum"p. 25
Land reformp. 37
Twists and turns of land reformp. 61
The state versus household economy I : prospects and problems when peasants cooperatep. 87
The state versus household economy II : the state pushes all-around developmentp. 121
The state versus household economy III : whom should the state support?p. 149
The state and popular culturep. 173
The state and moralityp. 215
The state and the "great famine"p. 241
Inside the party class strugglep. 259
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ISBN: 9781583671429
ISBN-10: 1583671420
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st September 2006
Publisher: Monthly Review Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48