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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. Under Mao, China challenged the outside world ideologically and militarily. Today China's challenge as an economic and diplomatic superpower may prove even more formidable. As a comprehensive and authoritative appraisal of China's last sixty years, this book will be invaluable for professionals working in the region and for students assessing what China will mean for their futures.

Author Biography

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 Origins of the Cultural Revolution (3 vols., 1974,1983,1997). He is also co-editor, with the late John K. Fairbank, of volumes 14 and 15 of The Cambridge History of China (1987,1991).

Table of Contents

Tables and mapsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The establishment and consolidation of the new regime, 1949-1957
The Great Leap Forward and the split in the Yan'an leadership, 1958-1965p. 87
The Chinese state in crisis, 1966-1969p. 147
The succession to Mao and the end of Maoism, 1969-1982p. 246
The road to Tiananmen: Chinese politics in the 1980sp. 337
Reaction, resurgence, and succession: Chinese politics since Tiananmenp. 468
Dilemmas of globalization and governancep. 528
Appendix: Leaders and Meetingsp. 601
Referencesp. 607
Indexp. 651
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