The Chinese Revolution in Historical Perspective

Author: John E. Schrecker
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275974763
Category: History
Page: 316
View: 4822
This unique approach presents the story in terms of traditional Chinese historical theories, emphasizing the relationship between China's modern era and its past. The modern Western impact is examined from the Chinese point of view, rather than the more common Western perspective.

Marxism in the Chinese Revolution

Author: Arif Dirlik
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742530690
Category: History
Page: 331
View: 7854
Representing a lifetime of research and writing by noted historian Arif Dirlik, the essays collected here explore developments in Chinese socialism and the issues that have occupied historians of the Chinese revolution for the past three decades. Dirlik engages Chinese socialism critically but with sympathy for the aspirations of revolutionaries who found the hope of social, political, and cultural liberation in Communist alternatives to capitalism and the intellectual inspiration to realize their hopes in Marxist theory. The book's historical approach to Marxist theory emphasizes its global relevance while avoiding dogmatic and Eurocentric limitations. These incisive essays range from the origins of socialism in the early twentieth century, through the victory of the Communists in mid-century, to the virtual abandonment by century's end of any pretense to a socialist revolutionary project by the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party. All that remains of the revolution in historical hindsight are memories of its failures and misdeeds, but Dirlik retains a critical perspective not just toward the past but also toward the ideological hegemonies of the present. Taken together, his writings reaffirm the centrality of the revolution to modern Chinese history. They also illuminate the fundamental importance of Marxism to grasping the flaws of capitalist modernity, despite the fact that in the end the socialist response was unable to transcend the social and ideological horizons of capitalism.

Revolution and History

Origins of Marxist Historiography in China, 1919-1937
Author: Arif Dirlik
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520067578
Category: History
Page: 312
View: 884
"A fascinating contribution to Marxist historiography and to the history of Marxist historiography. Dirlik's story of the reemergence of the modes of production debate in the early years of the Chinese revolution has much to tell us about that debate itself, and not least about its intimate relationship to political practice and revolutionary strategy."—Fredric Jameson, Duke University

The Cambridge History of China

Author: Roderick MacFarquhar
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521243377
Category: China
Page: 1108
View: 4060
International scholars and sinologists discuss culture, economic growth, social change, political processes, and foreign influences in China since the earliest pre-dynastic period.

Anarchism in the Chinese Revolution

Author: Arif Dirlik
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520082648
Category: History
Page: 336
View: 2774
Arif Dirlik's latest offering is a revisionist perspective on Chinese radicalism in the twentieth century. He argues that the history of anarchism is indispensable to understanding crucial themes in Chinese radicalism. And anarchism is particularly significant now as a source of democratic ideals within the history of the socialist movement in China. Dirlik draws on the most recent scholarship and on materials available only in the last decade to compile the first comprehensive history of his subject available in a Western language. He emphasizes the anarchist contribution to revolutionary discourse and elucidates this theme through detailed analysis of both anarchist polemics and social practice. The changing circumstances of the Chinese revolution provide the immediate context, but throughout his writing the author views Chinese anarchism in relation to anarchism worldwide.

The Cultural Revolution and Post-Mao Reforms

A Historical Perspective
Author: Tang Tsou
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226815145
Category: Political Science
Page: 400
View: 4858
"Tsou, one of the country's senior and most widely respected China scholars, has for more than a generation been producing timely and deeply informed essays on Chinese politics as it develops. Eight of these (from a wide variety of sources) are gathered here with a substantial new introduction. Tsou considers events not simply from the point of view of a widely read political scientist (even political philosopher) and a concerned Chinese, but also in the light of history, the dynamics of Marxism-Leninism, individual personalities, and humane realism."—Charles W. Hayford, Library Journal

Contemporary Chinese Politics in Historical Perspective

Author: Brantly Womack
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521422826
Category: History
Page: 334
View: 8969
In this work, eight authors provide essays that attempt to explain the dynamics of contemporary Chinese politics by analyzing the preceding patterns of development. The book conclude with an examination of the Tiananmen events

People's China

A Brief History
Author: Craig Dietrich
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195106299
Category: History
Page: 382
View: 6754
This standard book has been updated to take into account China's increasing economic liberalization along with its continuing authoritarianism in the late 1990's. Beginning with the sweeping changes which occurred when Mao Zedong and the Communists defeated Chiang Kai-shek in 1949 and took over a China which was still reeling from World War II, this book introduces us to the unique characters and events which have shaped recent Chinese history.Including new important materials as well as a thoroughly rewritten final chapter, this third edition of People's China is completely up-to-date, chronologically unpacking the essential story of modern China - the historical background, the ideologies, the grand economic achievements, and the cruel repression.

Worte des Vorsitzenden Mao Tsetung

Author: Zedong Mao
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783880212374
Page: 370
View: 5668

Challenging the Mandate of Heaven

Social Protest and State Power in China
Author: Elizabeth J. Perry
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
ISBN: 9780765604453
Category: History
Page: 343
View: 8386
Social science theories of contentious politics have been based almost exclusively on evidence drawn from the European and American experience, and classic texts in the field make no mention of either the Chinese Communist revolution or the Cultural Revolution -- surely two of the most momentous social movements of the twentieth century. Moreover, China's record of popular upheaval stretches back well beyond this century, indeed all the way back to the third century B.C. This book, by bringing together studies of protest that span the imperial, Republican, and Communist eras, introduces Chinese patterns and provides a forum to consider ways in which contentious politics in China might serve to reinforce, refine or reshape theories derived from Western cases.

Reform in Nineteenth-century China

Author: Paul A. Cohen,John E. Schrecker
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Category: History
Page: 396
View: 2809

China's Modern Economy in Historical Perspective

Author: Dwight Perkins
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804766517
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 360
View: 9181
Why did it take China more than a century after its defeat in the first Opium War to begin systematically acquiring the fruits of modern technology? To what extent did the rapid economic developments after 1949 depend on features unique to China and to Chinese history as well as on the socialist reorganization of society? These are the major questions examined in this collection of papers which challenges many previously accepted generalizations about the nature and extent of advances in China's economy during the twentieth century. The papers discuss the positive and negative effects of foreign imperialism on Chinese economic development, the adequacy of China's financial resources for major economic initiatives, the state of science and technology in late traditional China, the changing structure of national product and distribution of income, the cotton textile and small machine-building industries as examples of pre-1949 economic bases, the village-market town structure of rural China, the tradition of cooperative efforts in agriculture, and the influence of the Yenan period on the economic thinking of China's leaders.

China's Rise in Historical Perspective

Author: Brantly Womack
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 0742567230
Category: History
Page: 272
View: 3716
This innovative text combines an understanding of the history of China's rise with analyses of its current challenges. Renowned historians, economists, and political scientists explore the internal dynamic of China's rise since traditional times through the key themes of China's identity, security, economy, environment, energy, and politics. Each themed section pairs a historian with a social scientist to give an overall view of where China is coming from and where it is heading. One of the PRC's best-known experts on international relations concludes by reflecting on the political psychology of China's view of itself in the world. Written in clear and accessible style, this nuanced book will be essential reading for all readers interested in China past and present and its growing global role.

America's China Trade in Historical Perspective

The Chinese and American Performance
Author: Ernest R. May
Publisher: Harvard Univ Asia Center
ISBN: 9780674030756
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 388
View: 8253
This volume explores commercial relations between the United States and China from the eighteenth century until 1949, fleshing out with facts the romantic and shadowy image of "the China trade." These nine chapters by specialists in the field have developed from papers they presented at a conference supported by the national Committee on American-East Asian Relations. The work begins with an Introduction by John K. Fairbank, then moves on to analysis of the old China trade up to the American Civil War, centering on traditional Chinese exports of tea and silk. A second section deals with American imports into China--cotton textiles and textile-related goods, cigarettes, kerosene. Finally, the impact of the trade on both countries is assessed and the operations of American-owned and multinational companies in China are examined. For both the United States and China, the economic importance of the trade proves to have been less than the legend might suggest.

The History of the People's Republic of China, 1949-1976

Author: Julia Strauss
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521696968
Category: History
Page: 251
View: 8489
Examines the People's Republic of China between 1949 and 1976 from an explicitly historical perspective.

Rereading Global Socialist Cultures After the Cold War

The Reassessment of a Tradition
Author: Dubravka Juraga,M. Keith Booker
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275974893
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 214
View: 8355
During the Cold War, the West typically represented socialism as a threat to genuine aesthetic achievement. The essays in this book examine a variety of socialist cultural phenomena from China and the Third World to show that such Cold War depictions of socialism were misleading. The contributors give special attention to the strong anticolonial legacy of socialism and the important role played by socialism in subsequent attempts to build viable postcolonial cultural identities. Included are chapters on creative works from China, Africa, and the Caribbean, as well as the works of multicultural artists from the United States who stand in relation to Third World cultures. While some of the chapters address theoretical concerns central to all socialist cultures, the volume focuses primarily on socialist cultures in those parts of the globe that were never fully inside either the Soviet or the American bloc.

Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy

Author: Benjamin Isakhan
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748653686
Category: History
Page: 384
View: 9420
Re-examines the long and complex history of democracy and broadens the traditional view of this history by complementing it with examples from unexplored or under-examined quarters.

Becoming Chinese

Passages to Modernity and Beyond
Author: Wen-Hsin Yeh
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520222182
Category: History
Page: 435
View: 7118
A splendid essay collection focusing on ordinary people in the chaotic post-emperor, pre-Communist period of China's history.

Growing Up in the People’s Republic

Conversations between Two Daughters of China’s Revolution
Author: W. Ye,Ye Weili,Ma Xiaodong
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1403982074
Category: History
Page: 177
View: 8131
In a conversational style and in chronological sequence, Ye Weili and Ma Xiaodong recount their earlier lives in China from the 1950s to the 1980s, a particularly eventful period that included the catastrophic Cultural Revolution. Using their own stories as two case studies, they examine the making of a significant yet barely understood generation in recent Chinese history. They also reflect upon the mixed legacy of the early decades of the People's Republic of China (PRC). In doing so, the book strives for a balance between critical scrutiny of a complex era and the sweeping rejection of that era that recent victim literature embraces. Ultimately Ye and Ma intend to reconnect themselves to a piece of land and a period of history that have given them a sense of who they are. Their stories contain intertwining layers of personal, generational, and historical experiences. Unlike other memoirs that were written soon after the events of the Cultural Revolution, Ye and Ma's narratives have been put together some twenty years later, allowing for more critical distance. The passage of time has allowed them to consider important issues that other accounts omit, such as the impact of gender during this period of radical change in Chinese women's lives.

Mountain Fires

The Red Army's Three-Year War in South China, 1934-1938
Author: Gregor Benton,Professor Gregor Benton
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520041585
Category: History
Page: 639
View: 6339
"A milestone marking a new maturity in studies of Chinese Communist history."--John S. Service, UC, Berkeley "A milestone marking a new maturity in studies of Chinese Communist history."--John S. Service, UC, Berkeley