People's China: A Brief History / Edition 2

People's China: A Brief History / Edition 2

by Craig Dietrich, Dietrich
     
 

Now completely revised and updated, this balanced and lively history of the Peoples Republic of China offers a narrative and interpretive appraisal of this great nation since its post-World War II beginnings. Opening with the sweeping changes that occurred when Mao Zedong and the Communists defeated Chiang Kai-shek in 1949 and took over a China which was still

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Now completely revised and updated, this balanced and lively history of the Peoples Republic of China offers a narrative and interpretive appraisal of this great nation since its post-World War II beginnings. Opening with the sweeping changes that 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 text introduces the unique characters and events which have shaped recent Chinese history. It also illuminates such epic events as the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, and the post-Mao reforms.
This new edition takes into account China's increasing economic liberalization along with its continuing authoritarianism. Including important new materials as well as a thoroughly rewritten final chapter, the 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, making it an ideal text for courses in history and political science.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195081862
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on the Romanization of Chinese Words
Introduction3
1Old China and Young Revolutionaries10
Village China and Young Mao10
To the City17
Unification, Invasion, and Civil War22
Personalities and Causes32
Was China Ripe for Revolution?43
2Revolutionaries Seize Power: 1949-5250
Establishing Sovereignty51
Installing the New Order55
The Korean War65
Campaigns68
Disappointments, Ironies, and Contradictions79
3Socialist Transformation: 1953-5783
The First Five-Year Plan85
The High Tide of 195591
The Eighth Party Congress, September 1956102
The Hundred Flowers Campaign105
4The Great Leap Forward: 1958-60110
Initial States of the Great Leap111
The Great Leap in the Ascendant120
The Great Leap in Decline132
5Depression, Recovery, and Struggle at the Top: 1960-65142
The Immediate Repercussions of the Great Leap143
Political Crisis150
6The Cultural Revolution: 1966-69178
Participants178
Tidal Wave181
The Flood Recedes194
7The Cultural Revolution in Retreat: 1969-76205
Failure to Consolidate Radical Rule: 1969-71206
The Uneasy Regime of the Moderates: 1972-75216
Mao's Final Months and the Arrest of the Gang of Four: 1976229
An End and a Beginning235
8Crossing the River, Groping for the Stones: Reform in the 1980s236
Power Struggle236
Socialist Economics with Chinese Characteristics241
Political Dilemmas250
Foreign Policy262
Chinese Society Under Reform269
Political Tensions272
9"We Must Not Let the Next Generation Pour a Bucket of Excrement on Our Heads": The Tragedy at Tiananmen279
Seven Extraordinary Weeks280
10The Nineties: Two Faces of China296
Regaining Control296
The Stern Face of Authority303
Xiaokang: The Happy Face of "Modest Prosperity"311
New World, New Possibilities317
Chinese Society and Culture: Trends and Problems327
Notes335
Suggested Readings349
Index374

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