Sowing the Seeds of Democracy in China: Political Reform in the Deng Xiaoping Era

Sowing the Seeds of Democracy in China: Political Reform in the Deng Xiaoping Era

by Merle Goldman
     
 

The West's leading authority on the role of intellectuals in contemporary China presents a percipient account of the efforts at political reform in the Deng Xiaoping era. Merle Goldman describes a group of highly placed intellectuals who, with the patronage of Deng Xiaoping's designated successors Hu Yaobang and then Zhao Ziyang, attempted to reshape both China's

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The West's leading authority on the role of intellectuals in contemporary China presents a percipient account of the efforts at political reform in the Deng Xiaoping era. Merle Goldman describes a group of highly placed intellectuals who, with the patronage of Deng Xiaoping's designated successors Hu Yaobang and then Zhao Ziyang, attempted to reshape both China's Marxist-Leninist ideology and its political system.

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Dissident intellectuals played a key role in the demise of European communism. Can Chinese intellectuals play a similar role in a democratic transformation of China after the death of Deng Xiaoping? In this important study, Goldman, our leading chronicler of Chinese literary and intellectual politics, meticulously traces the political evolution during the 1980s of the small group of high-profile intellectuals she somewhat misleadingly calls the ``democratic elite.'' By spring 1989, many of them had abandoned their faith in the power of the Communist party to transform itself and had moved toward the politics of democratic opposition. But Goldman's focus on intellectuals is only one dimension of the politics of democratic transition in China, where vast socioeconomic changes have badly eroded Communist party rule. For all academic libraries. --Steven I. Levine, Boulder Run Research, Hillsborough, N.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674830073
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Pages:
444
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.30(d)

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Merle Goldman is Professor of History, Emerita, at Boston University and Associate of the John K. Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University.

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