The Changing Face of China: From Mao to Market

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Overview

Where is China heading in the 21st century? Can its Communist Party survive? Will the US and China cooperate or compete in a dangerous future? Will China's economic boom be brought to a halt by environmental catastrophe? This highly readable account, from Asia correspondent and China expert John Gittings, provides the essential information to help answer these vital questions for the world.
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Gittings, a veteran Western journalist long based in Hong Kong and then Shanghai, has written a vivid history of Communist China. Drawing on his firsthand experience, he recaptures the simultaneous absurdity and utopian idealism of the Mao era and depicts the conflicting sentiments of China-watchers as they observed the power struggles of that time. Troubled by his belief that the Western press was not entirely fair in its coverage of China, he at many points gives China the benefit of the doubt where others have not. Moving forward to the post-Mao era, he offers a history of China's economic rise that is more than just a chronicle of production statistics. (He includes, for example, the production of China's writers and poets.) Looking to the future, Gittings anticipates the gradual expansion of politics but not the disintegration of the party. He identifies economic problems, but none that will fundamentally threaten China's progress. He is most pessimistic about environmental degradation and the escalating demands of a growing population on an inadequate natural-resource base — especially the limited water supply. Yan'an, Mao's wartime capital, recently had to make do with only one and a half hours of running water every three days.
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"The best single-volume history of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to the present."--Rana Mitter, author of A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192807342
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/31/2006
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,189,552
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Gittings was the Guardian's China specialist and East Asia editor (1983-2003) and opened the newspaper's first staff bureau on the mainland in Shanghai. He began to visit China during the Cultural Revolution and witnessed the major events of the past thirty years, including the Tiananmen Square protests and the Hong Kong handover. His books include works on Chinese foreign policy, military affairs, politics, and domestic society. He has also written on international and nuclear politics and was for many years the Guardian's foreign editorial writer.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The 'New China'
2. Search for Socialism: from Liberation to Utopia
3. Mao Zedong versus the Party: from cult to Cultural Revolution
4. The Rebel Alternative: from 1919 to the Red Guards
5. Second Cultural Revolution: the abortive Great Debate
6. Economics in Command: the modernization of China
7. Peasant China Transformed: the rise of rural enterprise
8. The Growth of Dissent: poets and democracy
9. The Party under Pressure: reform and reaction
10. The Scholars Speak Out: humanism or bourgeois liberalism?
11. The Door Opens: foreign trade and economic zones
12. Tiananmen Square, 1989: turning-point for China
13. Into the New Millennium: China transformed
14. China and the World: from Mao to market
Chronology
China's Political Leaders
Bibliography

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