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China since Tiananmen : The Politics of Transition

By: Fewsmith, Joseph.
Contributor(s): Kirby, William.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Cambridge modern China series: Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2001Description: 1 online resource (333 p.).ISBN: 9780511044151.Subject(s): China - History - Tiananmen Square Incident, 1989 | Political leadershipGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: China since Tiananmen : The Politics of TransitionDDC classification: 320.951 | 951.05/9 LOC classification: JQ1510 .F48 2001ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Half-title; Series-title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Chronology; Abbreviations and Tables; INTRODUCTION State and Intellectuals at the Turn of the Century; Part I LINE STRUGGLE REVISITED: THE ATTACK ON DENG S REFORM PROGRAM; Part II REDEFINING REFORM: THE SEARCH FOR A NEW WAY; Part III ELITE POLITICS AND POPULAR NATIONALISM; Conclusion; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: China Since Tiananmen offers a comprehensive assessment of the evolution of China since the Tiananmen Incident (1989). Fewsmith looks at the intellectual trends, and examines the conduct of elite politics to see the ways in which the political system has, and has not, evolved over the past decade.
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Cover; Half-title; Series-title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Chronology; Abbreviations and Tables; INTRODUCTION State and Intellectuals at the Turn of the Century; Part I LINE STRUGGLE REVISITED: THE ATTACK ON DENG S REFORM PROGRAM; Part II REDEFINING REFORM: THE SEARCH FOR A NEW WAY; Part III ELITE POLITICS AND POPULAR NATIONALISM; Conclusion; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index

China Since Tiananmen offers a comprehensive assessment of the evolution of China since the Tiananmen Incident (1989). Fewsmith looks at the intellectual trends, and examines the conduct of elite politics to see the ways in which the political system has, and has not, evolved over the past decade.

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Library Journal Review

This lucid, perceptive, and balanced account of Chinese elite politics and the public debates of the 1990s demonstrates that China is now in a new stage of politics and thought. After briefly surveying the views of China watchers in the West, Fewsmith (international relations, Boston Univ.) addresses the initial critique from Party conservatives of economic reform and globalization that formed the background to the trauma of 1989. Deng Xiaoping's 1992 moves to revive economic reform then led to an openness of policy debate without precedent in Leninist systems and to new paradigms for China. Chinese intellectuals since Confucius have been more often oriented to the state than to church or business, and the 1990s saw an explosive reemergence of semiofficial think tanks, journals, and publishers with inside ties. Fewsmith gives a clear overview of the contending new theories of liberals, postmodernists, nationalists, neostatists, and neoconservatives. President and Communist Party secretary Jiang Zemin and future Chinese leaders are constrained by these new forces, especially a well-articulated popular nationalism, making Fewsmith's book important for those trying to understand China today. Highly recommended. Charles W. Hayford, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

As another most welcome addition to the study of post-Tiananmen China, this attractively written and astutely structured volume by Fewsmith (Boston Univ.) probes into the maneuverings of China's top leadership and political debates among intellectuals since the Tiananmen incident in 1989. The book contains three parts with seven chapters, an introduction, and a conclusion. Part 1 reviews the attack on and the revival of Deng Xiaoping's reform program. Part 2 describes the process of redefining reform, and part 3 examines the emergence of elite politics as China finds itself in a new environment of globalization and nationalism. While suggesting that publishing and public opinion have "once again become forces in Chinese public life" and that "more orthodox interpretations of Marxism, even in attenuated form, no longer have any force in Chinese society," Fewsmith believes that it is a real challenge for the leading elite to make themselves better represent the interests of the nation's "broad masses." Strongly recommended for faculty, graduates, and undergraduates. S. K. Ma California State University, Los Angeles

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