The Politics of China

The Politics of China : Sixty Years of The People's Republic of China

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Thirty years ago, China was emerging from one of the most traumatic periods in its history. The Chinese people had been ravaged by long years of domestic struggle, terrible famine and economic and political isolation. Today, China has the world's second largest economy and is a major player in global diplomacy. This volume, written by some of the leading experts in the field, tracks China's extraordinary transformation from the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, through the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution and the death of Chairman Mao, to its dynamic rise as a superpower in the twenty-first century. The latest edition of the book includes a new introduction and a seventh chapter which focuses on the legacy of Deng Xiaoping, the godfather of China's transformation, under his successors Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao.
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  • Electronic book text | 688 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 9781139119146

Table of contents

Introduction Roderick MacFarquhar; 1. The establishment and consolidation of the new regime, 1949-57 Frederick C. Teiwes; 2. The Great Leap Forward and the split in Yan'an leadership, 1958-65 Kenneth Leiberthal; 3. The Chinese state in crisis, 1966-9 Harry Harding; 4. The succession to Mao and the end of Maoism, 1969-82 Roderick MacFarquhar; 5. The road to Tiananmen: Chinese politics in the 1980s Richard Baum; 6. Reaction, resurgence, and succession: Chinese politics since Tiananmen Joseph Fewsmith; 7. Globalization and governance under Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao Alice Miller.
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About Roderick MacFarquhar

Roderick MacFarquhar is the Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science, and Professor of Government, at Harvard University. He has had an illustrious career. He was Director of the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University, the founding editor of The China Quarterly and a Member of Parliament. His publications include Mao's Last Revolution (2006), co-authored with Michael Schoenhals, and The Paradox of China's Post-Mao Reforms (1999). He was also co-editor, with the late John K. Fairbank, of volumes 14 and 15 of The Cambridge History of China (1987, 1991).
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