Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic, Third Edition

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Simon and Schuster, 1999 - History - 587 pages
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In this much-anticipated revision, Maurice Meisner again provides piercing insight and comprehensive coverage of China's fascinating and turbulent modern history. In addition to new information provided throughout this classic study, the new Part Six, "Deng Xiaoping and the Origins of Chinese Capitalism: 1976-1998," analyzes the country's uneasy relationships with democracy, socialism, and capitalism. Meisner incisively displays the contrasts between China's speech and actions regarding these subjects. Retaining the elegance, lucidity, fairness, insightfulness, and comprehensiveness he is known for, Meisner moves far beyond his previous work to paint a never-before-seen portrait of the political and social realities of China on the brink of the millennium, and the global implications of its rise to economic and political power.
 

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In the decade since the death of Mao Zedong, the People's Republic of China has been swept by dramatic political, social, and economic changes. Now, Maurice Meisner has perceptively updated his widely ... Read full review

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We have to understand communist China in order to understand its failure. If Meisner's understanding is sympathetic (as he allows in his preface), he sees the miscarriages and betrayals of communism all the more clearly & honestly. Read full review

Contents

Western Imperialism and the Weakness of Chinese Social Classes
3
The Defection of the Intellectuals
10
The Abortiveness of Bourgeois and Proletarian Revolution
20
The Maoist Revolution and the Yman Legacy
31
THE NEW ORDER 19491955
53
The New State
55
The Rise and Fall of National Capitalism
75
The Bourgeois Revolution in the Countryside
90
The New Economic Policy 19611965
260
The Socialist Education Movement 19621965
273
THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION AND ITS AFTERMATH 19661976
289
The Concept of Cultural Revolution
291
The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution 19661969
312
Social Results of the Cultural Revolution
352
The Aftermath of the Cultural Revolution and the Close of the Maoist Era 19691976
376
DENG XIAOPING AND THE ORIGINS OF CHINESE CAPITALISM 19761998
411

The Social and Political Consequences of Industrialization
103
Agricultural Collectivization 19531957
129
UTOPIANISM 19561960
153
Socialism Bureaucracy and Freedom
155
The Ideological Origins of the Great Leap
191
Economics of the Great Leap Forward
204
19581960
214
THE THERMIDORIAN REACTION 19601965
243
The Bureaucratic Restoration
245
The Legacies of the Maoist Era
413
The Rise of Deng Xiaoping and the Critique of Maoism
427
Market Reforms and the Development of Capitalism
449
The Struggle for Democracy
483
China in the 1990s
514
Selected Bibliography
549
Index
569
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About the author (1999)

Maurice Meisner is the Harvey Goldberg Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Visiting Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. His writings, which have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese, include Li Ta-chao and the Origins of Chinese Marxism; Marxism, Maoism and Utopianism; and many other works on modern Chinese history.

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