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The Politics of China
Sixty Years of The People's Republic of China

3rd Edition


Roderick MacFarquhar, Frederick C. Teiwes, Kenneth Lieberthal, Harry Harding, Richard Baum, Joseph Fewsmith, Alice Miller
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  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521145312

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  • Thirty years ago, China was emerging from one of the most traumatic periods in its history. The Chinese people had been ravaged by long years of domestic struggle, terrible famine and economic and political isolation. Today, China has the world's second largest economy and is a major player in global diplomacy. This volume, written by some of the leading experts in the field, tracks China's extraordinary transformation from the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, through the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution and the death of Chairman Mao, to its dynamic rise as a superpower in the twenty-first century. The latest edition of the book includes a new introduction and a seventh chapter which focuses on the legacy of Deng Xiaoping, the godfather of China's transformation, under his successors Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao.

    • Leading scholars chart China's economic and social transformation through the storms of the Mao years to the present
    • This edition updates the story with a chapter on the presidencies of Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao
    • Assesses the global implications of China's rise and its challenge to the West
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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521145312
    • length: 688 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 153 x 42 mm
    • weight: 0.89kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Roderick MacFarquhar
    1. The establishment and consolidation of the new regime, 1949–57 Frederick C. Teiwes
    2. The Great Leap Forward and the split in Yan'an leadership, 1958–65 Kenneth Leiberthal
    3. The Chinese state in crisis, 1966–9 Harry Harding
    4. The succession to Mao and the end of Maoism, 1969–82 Roderick MacFarquhar
    5. The road to Tiananmen: Chinese politics in the 1980s Richard Baum
    6. Reaction, resurgence, and succession: Chinese politics since Tiananmen Joseph Fewsmith
    7. Globalization and governance under Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao Alice Miller.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • China Foreign Policy
    • China: History, Politics & Culture
    • Chinese Political System
    • East Asian History, 1945-Present
    • Government and Politics of China
    • Modern Chinese History
    • New Asian Superpower
    • Political Economy of China
    • Political System of China
    • Politics of East Asia
    • Politics, Economy, and Society in Contemporary China
    • The History of Modern China
    • The Politics of Development in China
    • The Rise of China
  • Editor

    Roderick MacFarquhar, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Roderick MacFarquhar is the Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science, and Professor of Government, at Harvard University. He has had an illustrious career. He was Director of the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University, the founding editor of The China Quarterly and a Member of Parliament. His publications include Mao's Last Revolution (2006), co-authored with Michael Schoenhals, and The Paradox of China's Post-Mao Reforms (1999). He was also co-editor, with the late John K. Fairbank, of volumes 14 and 15 of The Cambridge History of China (1987, 1991).


    Roderick MacFarquhar, Frederick C. Teiwes, Kenneth Lieberthal, Harry Harding, Richard Baum, Joseph Fewsmith, Alice Miller

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