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Evolution of Power : China's Struggle, Survival, and Success

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Evolution of Power: China's Struggle, Survival, and Success, edited by Xiaobing Li and Xiansheng Tian, brings together scholars from multiple disciplines to provide a comprehensive look at China's rapid socio-economic transformation and the dramatic changes in its political institution and culture. With chapters exploring topics such as party history, leadership style, political movements, civil-military relations, and democratization, this volume situates current legitimacy and constitutional debates in the context of the country's ideology and traditions and the wider global community.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 426 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 779.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 4 Tables, unspecified
  • 0739184970
  • 9780739184974

About Xiaobing Li

Xiaobing Li is professor and chair of the Department of History and Geography and director of the Western Pacific Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma. Xiansheng Tian is professor of history at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado.show more

Review quote

This ambitious project has involved a group of very prominent scholars who have discussed a whole range of important topics concerning China's developments in recent decades. The book is useful for scholars, government officials as well as college students who are interested in China. -- Shiping Hua, University of Louisville This wide-ranging, provocative, and multi-disciplinary collection of essays by U.S.-based Chinese scholars discusses most of the core problems facing China, a rising power, whose domestic and international trajectory is of vital importance to all concerned observers. Focusing in part on the leaders who have guided China's development over the past six decades, it embraces widely differing perspectives ranging from quite positive to quite critical. Included are some real gems. -- Steven I. Levine, University of Montanashow more

Table of contents

Introduction. Evolution of the CCP: Progress, Problems, and Prospects by Xiaobing Li and Xiansheng Tian Part One. Evolution and Revolution: From Mao to Deng Chapter One. Local Revolution, Grassroots Mobilization and Wartime: Power Shift to the Rise of Communism by Patrick Fuliang Shan Chapter Two. Mao Zedong and the CCP: Adaptation, Centralization, and Succession by Yi Sun and Xiaobing Li Chapter Three. Mao's Death and Hua Guofeng's Tragedy by Guangqiu Xu Chapter Four. Personality and Politics: Deng Xiaoping's Return by Jingyi Song Part Two. Mountain Moving and Reconstruction: from Deng to Jiang Chapter Five. Deng's Reform: Theory and Practice by Enbao Wang Chapter Six. Grooming the Titan: Deng and the PLA by Sherman Xiaogang Lai Chapter Seven. Freedom of Speech and China's Democratization by Shuming Lu and Changfu Chang Chapter Eight. Jiang Zemin: Technocrats vs. Bureaucratic System by Liying Li and Denise Mowder Part Three. Institution, Regulation, and Globalization: from Jiang to Hu Chapter Nine. Mapping the Power-Capital Economy: Chinese Reform in Jiang's Era by George Zhaohui Hong Chapter Ten. Political Institutionalization and New Civil-Military Relations by Pingchao Zhu Chapter Eleven. Legal Reform Under Jiang by Qiang Fang Chapter Twelve. One System, Two Frames: News Reports on the WTO and SARS by Changfu Chang Chapter Thirteen. Hu Jintao's Rhetoric on Building a Modern Humane Government by Shaorong Huang Part Four. Struggle, Society, and Stability: from Hu to Xi Chapter Fourteen. China's Evolving Civil Society and Grassroots Empowerment by Jieli Li Chapter Fifteen. Internet and Public Opinion: An Engine for Political Transformation? by Zhinuo Wang Chapter Sixteen. When Congqing Challenges Beijing: The Bo Xilai Case by Xiansheng Tian Chapter Seventeen. The Unity and Stability: Xi Jinping's Promise and the CCP's Future by Xiaoxiao Li Conclusion. Chinese Characters-Transformation and Continuity by Xiaobing Li and Xiansheng Tian Selected Bibliographyshow more