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Burying Mao: Chinese Politics in the Age of Deng Xiaoping - Updated Edition

Burying Mao: Chinese Politics in the Age of Deng Xiaoping - Updated Edition

by Richard Baum


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For almost two decades after Mao Zedong's death, an epic, no-holds-barred contest was waged in China between orthodox Marxists and reformers. With Deng Xiaoping's strong support, the reformers ultimately won; but they—and China—paid a heavy price. Here, Richard Baum provides a lively, comprehensive guide to the intricate theater of post-Mao Chinese politics. He tells the intriguing story of an escalating intergenerational clash of ideas and values between the aging revolutionaries of the Maoist era and their younger, more pragmatic successors. Baum deftly analyzes the anatomy of the reformers' ultimate victory in his brilliant reconstruction of the twists and turns of the reform process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691036397
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 09/26/1994
Edition description: Updated edition with a New epilogue
Pages: 500
Product dimensions: 7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Richard Baum is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has written widely on contemporary Chinese political affairs.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations
A Note on Sources and Methods
Abbreviations Used in the Text
Introduction: The Age of Peng Xiaoping3
Pt. IThe Roots of Reform, 1976-198025
Ch. 1Burying Mao: April 1976-July 197727
Ch. 2Deng Takes Command: August 1977-December 197848
Ch. 3The First Fang/Shou Cycle: Novemher 1978-Angust 198066
Ch. 4High Tide of Reform: Gengshen, 198094
Pt. IIThe Road to Tiananmen, 1981-1989119
Ch. 5Polarization and Paralysis: January 1981-April 1982121
Ch. 6Defining the Spirit of Socialism: Summer 1982-December 1983143
Ch. 7The Rebirth of Liberal Reform: January 1984-Summer 1985164
Ch. 8Social Origins of Student Protest: Summer 1985-December 1986189
Ch. 9Combating Bourgeois Liberalization: January 1987-Spring 1988206
Ch. 10Bittersweet Fruits of Reform: March 1988-April 1989225
Pt. IIIThe Beijing Spring, 1989245
Ch. 11The Beijing Spring: April-May 1989247
Ch. 12CrackingDown: June 1989-February 1990275
Pt. IVThe Old Order Changes, 1990-1995311
Ch. 13Picking Up the Pieces: Winter 1990-Autumn 1991313
Ch. 14Deng's Final Offensive: January-October 1992341
Ch. 15The Last Cycle: October 1992-Summer 1993369
Ch. 16The Mandate of Heaven: Summer 1993-Summer 1995377
Epilogue: Burying Deng391
Abbreviations Used in the Notes395

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