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What does the Chinese Communist Revolution teach us about the relationship between political discourse and real experiences and events? This unique interpretation of the revolutionary process in China uses empirical evidence as well as concepts from contemporary cultural studies to probe this significant question. David Apter and Tony Saich base their analysis on recently available primary sources on party history, English- and Chinese-language accounts of the Long March and Yan'an period, and interviews with veterans and their relatives.

Written by an eminent political theorist well seasoned in comparative development and an internationally recognized China scholar, and abounding in new approaches to central issues, this incisive analysis will be welcomed by social theorists and China scholars alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Edward Friedman
Revolutionary Discourse in Mao's Republic should become a central text in rethinking Maoism, Chinese politics and social theory...This work has the mark of genius.
Robert A. Scalapino
Apter and Saich have given us a true tour de force, rich in ideas, powerful in its sweep and beautifully written. China specialists may disagree with certain themes, but they will be forced to rethink their positions, and specialist or generalist, the reader will be rewarded by new approaches to many of the central issues surrounding Chinese Communism.
Tu Wei-Ming
A masterly presentation of a vital issue with far-reaching implications for China scholars, students of East Asian thought and politics, and those who are interested in cultural studies. Apter and Saich have authored an important book, scholarly, sound and full of interpretive brilliance.
Drawing heavily on interviews conducted in China 1986-89, traces how subversive and illegal texts were woven together into an inversionary discourse that contained both disjunctive ideas and a master narrative, and served as both the instigators and objects of struggle for the short-lived Chinese republic, 1936- 47. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674767805
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 8/19/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

David E. Apter is Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Comparative Political and Social Development, Yale University.

Tony Saich is Professor of Contemporary Chinese Politics and Management, Sinologisch lnstituut, Leiden.

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Table of Contents



Toward a Discourse Theory of Politics


Four Struggles

Three Stories

One Line


The Surviving Yan'anites

The Terrain on the Ground

Yan'an as a Revolutionary



Exegetical Bonding and the Phenomenology of Confession

Foucault's Paradox and the Politics of Contending Discourses

Appendix: Cadre Schools in the Shaan-Gan-Ning Border Region, 1935-1945



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