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June Fourth
The Tiananmen Protests and Beijing Massacre of 1989

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  • Author: Jeremy Brown, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia
  • Date Published: April 2021
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107657809

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  • The Tiananmen protests and Beijing massacre of 1989 were a major turning point in recent Chinese history. In this new analysis of 1989, Jeremy Brown tells the vivid stories of participants and victims, exploring the nationwide scope of the democracy movement and the brutal crackdown that crushed it. At each critical juncture in the spring of 1989, demonstrators and decision makers agonized over difficult choices and saw how events could have unfolded differently. The alternative paths that participants imagined confirm that bloodshed was neither inevitable nor necessary. Using a wide range of previously untapped sources and examining how ordinary citizens throughout China experienced the crackdown after the massacre, this ambitious social history sheds fresh light on events that continue to reverberate in China to this day.

    • An up-to-date and comprehensive approach to the complex history of the Tiananmen protests in a single, reader-friendly book
    • Utilises a wide range of previously untapped sources and shows the nationwide nature of the protest movement
    • Explores alternative paths based on participants' own memories
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘Brown’s June Fourth challenges our understanding of the 1989 Tiananmen protests that continue to haunt China today in a vivid account, richly documented, well-told and thoughtfully analyzed. This will be the standard history of Tiananmen for a generation.’ Timothy Cheek, author of The Intellectual in Modern Chinese History

    ‘In a vivid narrative spanning China of the 1980s to June 4th, 1989 and its aftermath, Jeremy Brown’s restrained prose pricks at the conscience of a nation, so that we too ask ‘what if’ - a question as relevant today as then.’ Denise Chong, author of Egg on Mao

    ‘Brown re-evaluates sources with a fresh critical eye, illuminates the lives of ordinary people, including minorities and people in the provinces, and shows not just what happened but what might have happened if certain human choices had been different.’ Perry Link, author of Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics

    ‘In a powerful and sometimes almost personal account of the 1989 protests, Brown retells the story of what happened in Beijing and elsewhere in China using perspectives often overlooked by scholars.’ Lev Nachman, L.A. Review of Books

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    • Date Published: April 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107657809
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 150 x 230 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. China's 1980s:
    1. Happy
    2. Angry
    3. China's 1980s: Alternative Paths
    Part II. The Tiananmen Protests:
    4. The Tiananmen Protests as History
    5. Demands and Responses
    6. Backed into Corners
    7. Workers and Citizens
    8. Protests: Alternative Paths
    Part III. Massacre:
    9. The Beijing Massacre as History
    10. Authorized Force: Preparing to Clear the Square
    11. Permission to Open Fire
    12. Where Bullets Flew
    13. Inside the Square
    14. Victims
    15. The Massacre Continues
    16. Quiet Reckonings
    17. Massacre: Alternative Paths
    Part IV. Nationwide:
    18. Han versus Non-han
    19. Outside In
    20. Inside Out
    21. Rage
    22. Rural Actions and Reactions
    23. Alternative Paths Nationwide
    Part V. The Aftermath:
    24. The Purge as History
    25. 'Rioters'
    26. Don't call it a Yundong
    27. Going through the Motions
    28. Falsehoods and Defiance
    29. Aftermath: Alternative Paths
    30. The Future of June Fourth.

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    Jeremy Brown, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia
    Jeremy Brown is Associate Professor of Modern Chinese History at Simon Fraser University.

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