Wild Lily, Prairie Fire: China's Road to Democracy, Yan'an to Tian'anmen, 1942-1989 [NOOK Book]

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Gregor Benton and Alan Hunter provide here a source book of documents of democratic dissent under Chinese Communism, most of them previously untranslated and difficult to find in the West. Ranging from eye-witness accounts of a massacre to theoretical critiques of Chinese Marxist thought, these essays are among the most powerful and important works of Chinese dissident literature written in this century. An extensive introduction maintains that the documents reveal a tradition of democratic thought and practice ...

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Wild Lily, Prairie Fire: China's Road to Democracy, Yan'an to Tian'anmen, 1942-1989

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Overview

Gregor Benton and Alan Hunter provide here a source book of documents of democratic dissent under Chinese Communism, most of them previously untranslated and difficult to find in the West. Ranging from eye-witness accounts of a massacre to theoretical critiques of Chinese Marxist thought, these essays are among the most powerful and important works of Chinese dissident literature written in this century. An extensive introduction maintains that the documents reveal a tradition of democratic thought and practice that traces its descent to the New Culture Movement of the 1910s and the founding generation of the Chinese Communist Party. Far from being a late twentieth-century import (along with capitalist economics) from Europe, Japan, and the United States, this tradition of dissent is deeply embedded in the experience of China's revolutionary movements.

The story of Chinese Communism has often been reduced to uniformity not only by political bureaucrats in China but by Western scholarship derived from official Chinese histories. Wild Lily, Prairie Fire paints a far richer picture. The book calls into question many of the usual beliefs about the relation between democracy and communism, at least in the Chinese case, which may now be seen to depart from the Soviet model in yet another crucial respect.

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"The core of this book is a brilliant 84-page introduction to the editors ... who seek to uncover a tradition of democratic dissent in the Chinese Communist Party from Yanan days to Tiananmen."—Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400821822
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/1995
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Course Book
  • Pages: 400
  • File size: 531 KB

Table of Contents

ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgmentsA Note on PronunciationAbbreviationsIntroduction3Ch. 1Wild Lily, 194269Wild Lily69Politicians, Artists75Thoughts on March 8 (Women's Day)78It Is Still the Age of the Zawen82Ch. 2The Hundred Flowers, 195785Forum of Democratic Parties and Groups on the Rectification Movement85Symposium of Scientists88What Is the Fundamental Cause of the Trade Union Crisis?89Distressing Contradiction92Rebellious Journalists93Excerpts from a Speech Made at a Debate Held at People's University on May 30, 195794On the New Development of "Class"98Heaven, Water, Heart: Democracy? Party Rule?99I Accuse, I Protest100Seven Theses on Socialism and Democracy101Ch. 3Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976104What Have Song Shuo, Lu Ping, and Peng Peiyun Done in the Cultural Revolution?104Red Guard Statements, 1966-1967108"Revolutionary" Power-holders120Whither China?124On Socialist Democracy and the Legal System134On the "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution"145Ch. 4China Spring, 1979-1981157Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution157China: A History That Must Be Told175Democracy or a New Dictatorship?180Interview with Xu Wenli185A Reform Program for the Eighties189A Statement of Clarification194Democracy and Legality Are Safeguards of Stability and Unity196A Guangdong Youth Forum on Wall Posters199The Wind Rises from among the Duckweed: Elections at Beijing University202Election Scandal in a Rural Commune210The Election Movement Is in the Ascendant213The Student Movement in Hunan217Youth Disturbances in China's Far West221Advertisement: Modern Clothes227The Reawakening of the Chinese Working Class228In Memory of Wang Shenyou, Pioneer of the Democratic Movement, Teacher, Comrade229Interview with Yang Jing234Eyewitness Account of the Arrest of Liu Qing239Liu Qing Is Innocent!244Sad Memories and Prospects: My Appeal to the Tribunal of the People247Women Are Human Beings Too257China and Solidarnosc259Ch. 5Prairie Fire, 1989264Proposal to Resign from the Party and Prepare an "Association to Promote China's Democracy Movement"264Letter of Petition266Speech in Tian'anmen Square266A Worker's Letter to the Students269A Choice Made on the Basis of Conscience and Party Spirit: An Open Letter to All Party Members270Hoist High the Flag of Reason271Where I Stand274The Socialist Multiparty System and China275A Letter to the People278Preparatory Program of the Autonomous Federation of Workers of the Capital279Workers' Declaration280Open Letter to the Students from an Army Veteran281Smart Thieves' Voice282Provisional Statutes of the Autonomous Federation of Workers of the Capital283Statement284Statement285The Massacre in Tian'anmen Square286Account of the Beijing Massacre291The Square295Open Letter to the Chinese Communist Party296Ch. 6The Intellectuals' Critique299Proposals for Reform of the Political Structure, 1986299The Theory of Two Cultural Factors305Problems of Modernization307In Defense of Humanism312On Political Reform317The Bureaucratic Paradise327Appendix: Sources of the Texts333Index343
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