The Changing Face of China: From Mao to Market

Paperback | August 15, 2006

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Where is China heading in the 21st century? Can its Communist Party survive or is it being challenged by growing inequality and unrest? 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? In thishighly readable account, John Gittings provides the essential information to help answer these vital questions for the world. In the 60 years since Mao Zedong took the road to victory, China has undergone not one but two revolutions. The first swept away the old corrupt society and sought to build a 'spotless' new socialism behind closed doors; the second since Mao's death has focused on an economic agenda which acceptsthe goals of global capitalism. From Mao to the global market, Gittings charts this complex but epic tale and concludes with some hard questions for the future.

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Where is China heading in the 21st century? Can its Communist Party survive or is it being challenged by growing inequality and unrest? 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? In thishighly readable account, John Gittings provides ...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.18 inPublished:August 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The new 'New China'2. Search for Socialism: from Liberation to Utopia3. Mao Zedong versus the Party: from cult to Cultural Revolution4. The Rebel Alternative: from 1919 to the Red Guards5. Second Cultural Revolution: the abortive Great Debate6. Economics in Command: the modernization of China7. Peasant China Transformed: the rise of rural enterprise8. The Growth of Dissent: poets and democracy9. The Party under Pressure: reform and reaction10. The Scholars Speak Out: humanism or bourgeios liberalism?11. The Door Opens Wide: foreign trade and the world economy12. Tiananmen Square, 1989: turning-point for China13. Into the New Millennium: China transformed14. China and the World: from Mao to marketChronologyChina's Political LeadersSelect BibliographyIndex of NamesGeneral Index

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`The best single-volume history of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to the present'Rana Mitter, Oxford University, award-winning author of A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World