Standoff at Tiananmen

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Eddie Cheng, 2009 - History - 308 pages
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In 1989, students in Beijing, China, rose against the tyranny of their own government. In the short span of two months, the spectacular movement evolved from petitioning to loyal opposition and then, in the face of military suppression, to seeking a change in the communist regime. This book is a narrative history of that magnificent time when they experienced joys of mass demonstrations, sorrow of a prolonged hunger strike, disillusionment with their own rank and file, and the deep anger over a massacre. It is a compelling human story that is being told for the first time.
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
The New Generation
4
The Bourgeois Liberalization
23
The Democracy Salon
39
The Funeral
60
The Autonomous Federation
88
The Demonstration
100
The Hunger Strike
122
The Confrontation
160
Martial Law
189
The Standoff
209
The Massacre
241
Epilogue
271
Bibliography
284
Notes
286
Index
297

The Dialogue
137

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