The Changing Face of China: From Mao to Market

The Changing Face of China: From Mao to Market

by John Gittings
     
 

Where is China heading in the twenty-first century? Recent curtailments of liberty, such as the new "cyberwall" prohibiting internet users from reaching pro-democracy websites, has dimmed the hopes of many that China might be entering a new era of freedom on the heels of rapid economic expansion and success. Will China's Communist Party be able to balance

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Where is China heading in the twenty-first century? Recent curtailments of liberty, such as the new "cyberwall" prohibiting internet users from reaching pro-democracy websites, has dimmed the hopes of many that China might be entering a new era of freedom on the heels of rapid economic expansion and success. Will China's Communist Party be able to balance an economy which demands liberal reform with their own hard-line approach to government control? Or will their new economy be their undoing, as its demands on natural resources bring China to the brink of environmental disaster? In this highly readable account, John Gittings sheds light on modern Chinese history as he answers these vital questions.
Gittings, the Guardian's China specialist and East Asia editor for twenty years, offers a fascinating glimpse into Chinese history in the last half century. His narrative ranges from the early Peach-Blossom socialism, to the Great Leap Forward, the two Cultural Revolutions, the Hundred Flowers, the Gang of Four, and the Tiananmen Square massacre. Bringing his account to the present, Gittings concludes that environmental degradation and rising pollution represent the most serious threats to the Chinese people today. He points out that the nightmare scenario for China is not a collapse of the Party or of the banks, or another uprising by the rural masses. It is that China will run out of water.
Based on three decades reporting on China, Gittings charts a complex but epic history of one of the world's superpowers. His work will offer insights for readers with an interest in modern China, and students of modern Chinese history and politics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192807342
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/31/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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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