China Changes Face

China Changes Face : The Road from Revolution, 1949-89

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During the last 40 years China has changed radically: Mao Tse Tung, once worshipped by the people, is now criticized for having led his country astray. In the 1950s 700,000 landlords and capitalists were executed, now private enterprise flourishes. This book explains fully this exciting period of Chinese history. Drawing on sources including interviews, literature, Party statements and his own observations, John Gittings analyzes the political, social and cultural changes in China during the last four decades. Among the many topics examined are the Cultural Revolution and how the Chinese view it now; the new enthusiasm for foreign trade; student demonstrations; the conservative backlash against reform; and the changing political fortunes of such as Lin Biao, the Gang of Four and Deng Xiaoping. The book is brought right up to date with a new chapter on the incidents in Tiananmen more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 25.4mm | 226.8g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • bibliography, index
  • 0192851659
  • 9780192851659

Table of contents

After the revolution - the two roads; search for socialism - from liberation to Utopia; leadership from above - Maoism, centralism and intrigue; the rebel alternative - from 1919 to the Red Guards; second cultural revolution - the abortive great debate; economics in command - the modernization of China; peasant China transformed - the rise of rural enterprise; the growth of dissent - poets and democracy; the party under pressure - reform and reaction; the scholars speak out - humanism or bourgeois liberalism?; the door opens wide - China and the world economy; China's new face - the end of ideology; epilogue - the Beijing more

About John Gittings

About the Author: John Gittings is an Asia specialist and foreign leader writer for the Guardian. His books include The World and China, A Chinese View of China, Superpowers in Collision and The Role of the Chinese more

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