Fanshen: A Documentary of Revolution in a Chinese Village

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1997 - History - 637 pages
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More than thirty years after its initial publication, William Hinton's Fanshen continues to be the essential volume for those fascinated with China's continuous process of rural reform and social change. A pioneering work, Fanshen is a revealing look into life in the Chinese countryside, where tradition and modernity have had both a complimentary and caustic relationship in the years since the Chinese Communist Party first came to power. Fanshen continues to offer profound insight into China as it prepares to enter the twenty-first century, and will appeal to anyone interested in understanding China's complex social processes or who wish to rediscover this classic volume.
 

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This is a very interesting look at the history of rural China and the turbulent revolution which followed (fanshen - { zk) (Did I get that right?). It is important to note that this book is ... Read full review

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Fantastic account of some of the nitty gritty aspects of revolution. William Hinton does an amazing job of immersing you in the life of Chinese village and the twists and turns in peoples lives, consciousness & political ideology.

Contents

Prologue
3
Sowing the Wind
15
Long Bow Village
17
Can the Sun Rise in the West
26
Eating Bitterness
37
Three Pillars of Heaven
46
The Teaching of the Lord of Heaven
58
Invasion
69
Confrontation at the Gate
319
The Village Leader Bows his Head
332
I Dare Not Say I Have Finished
341
Days and Nights
350
A Summing Up
360
The Lucheng Road
367
In the Dragon Hall
373
When Poverty Outranked Heaven
378

Collaborators
73
Seeds of Change
82
The Whirlwind
96
The Year of Expropriation
101
Which Road?
103
Beat the Dogs Leg
107
Find the Leaders
118
Dig Out the Rotten Root of Feudalism
128
Wang Laihsun Is Next
139
The Fruits of Struggle
147
Half of China
157
Counter Measures
161
Founding the Village Communist Party Branch
168
Peasants or Workers?
179
Contradictions Internal and External
188
All Out WarRetreat
198
Organizing Production
210
Abuses of Power
222
The Blackmail of Wang Yulai
232
The Search for the Poor and Hired
241
Cosmic Wei Chi
243
To the Village
251
The Work Team
259
Those with Merit Will Get Some Those without Merit Will Get Some
269
Self Report Public Appraisal
275
Rich Man Poor Man Beggarman Thief
280
The Revolutionary Heat
288
Brothers
297
A Curved Road
303
Drama in the Fields
312
Who Will Educate the Educators?
317
Unity Through Struggle
388
When I Get My Share
396
Unite Real Friends Attack Real Enemies
400
Recapitulation
417
The Natives Return
419
Both Ends Sun Unseen
428
Class Differentiation Repeated
434
It Is Too Slow
442
Who Dares Man the Second Gate
446
A Young Bride Leads the Way
454
The Gate in the Church
461
Upgrading
473
Drastic Reappraisal
477
On the Eve of Victory
479
We Tried to Be God
488
Who Is to Blame?
495
Untying the Knot
509
Disaster
511
Revolutionary Steeling
518
Mutual Aid
528
The Village Peoples Congress
535
A Final Determination
548
The Midnight Raid
551
Hsuehchen Dissents
560
Illegal Fruits Returned
566
Arrests and Restitutions
578
Self Report Public Appraisal
593
Long Bow Tsai Chien
601
Basic Program on Chinese Agrarian Law
615
How to Analyze Class Status in the Countryside
623
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William Hinton (1919-2004) was an agriculturalist and the author of seven books about China and the Chinese Revolution.

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