The Tiananmen Papers

The Tiananmen Papers

by Liang Zhang, Andrew J. Nathan, Perry Link, Orville Schell
     
 

ISBN-10: 1586481223

ISBN-13: 9781586481223

Pub. Date: 06/06/2002

Publisher: PublicAffairs

On the night of June 3-4, 1989, Chinese troops violently crushed the largest pro-democracy demonstrations in the history of the communist regime. In this extraordinary collection of hundreds of internal government and Communist Party documents, secretly smuggled out of China, we learn how these events came to pass from behind the scenes. The material reveals how

Overview

On the night of June 3-4, 1989, Chinese troops violently crushed the largest pro-democracy demonstrations in the history of the communist regime. In this extraordinary collection of hundreds of internal government and Communist Party documents, secretly smuggled out of China, we learn how these events came to pass from behind the scenes. The material reveals how the most important decisions were made; and how the turmoil split the ruling elite into radically opposed factions. The book includes the minutes of the crucial meetings at which the Elders decided to cashier the pro-reform Party secretary Zhao Ziyang and to replace him with Jiang Zemin, to declare martial law, and finally to send the troops to drive the students from the Square.

Just as the Pentagon Papers laid bare the secret American decision making behind the Vietnam War and changed forever our view of the nation's political leaders, so too has The Tiananmen Papers altered our perception of how and why the events of June 4 took the shape they did. Its publication has proven to be a landmark event in Chinese and world history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586481223
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
06/06/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
580
Product dimensions:
1.19(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Reflections on June Fourthxi
Introduction: The Documents and Their Significancexv
Prologue: 1986-Spring 1989: Seeds of Crisis3
Chapter 1April 8-23: The Student Movement Begins19
Chapter 2April 24-30: The April 26 Editorial56
Chapter 3May 1-6: Signs of Compromise100
Chapter 4May 6-16: Hunger Strike121
Chapter 5May 16-19: The Fall of Zhao Ziyang175
Chapter 6May 19-22: Martial Law223
Chapter 7May 23-25: The Conflict Intensifies277
Chapter 8May 26-28: The Elders Choose Jiang Zemin297
Chapter 9May 29-June 3: Preparing to Clear the Square318
Chapter 10June Fourth365
Epilogue: June 1989 and After: Renewed Struggle over China's Future419
Afterword: Reflections on Authentication459
Abbreviations475
Who Was Who: One Hundred Brief Biographies477
Index491

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