Few countries have had a more turbulent political history in the twentieth century than China. Although China's unprecedented stability and prosperity in the 1980s gave hope that such turbulence was at an end, the crises of Tiananmen, culminating in the massacre of June 4, 1989, proved that the turbulence continues. Here, eight distinguished China specialists provide wide ranging, original essays that attempt to explain the dynamics of contemporary Chinese politics by analysing the preceding patterns of development. Some of the essays focus on the most basic issues of the historical development of Chinese politics while other essays focus on developments in important policy areas since 1949. The book concludes with a penetrating analysis of the Tiananmen events by Tang Tsou, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Together, the essays detail the weight of the past on Chinese politics, but also the long term developments that prevent the simple recurrence of previous patterns.
Table of Contents
Part I. Contemporary China and its
Prerevolutionary Heritage Brantly Womack: 1.
The dengist reforms in historical perspective
2. China's search for democracy: public
authority and popular power in China Brantly
3. A bourgeois alternative? The Shanghai
arguments for a Chinese capitalism: the 20s and
Part II. Policy Dynamics Within The People's
Republic of China Edmond Lee: 4. The
contradictions of grassroots participation and
undemocratic statism in Maoist China and their
fate Marc Blecher
5. The Chinese industrial state in historical
perspective: from totalitarianism to
corporatism Peter Nan-Shong Lee
6. From revolutional cadres to bureaucratic
Part III. China's Evolving World Role Hong Yung
Lee: 7. China's search for national identity
Lowell Dittmer Tiananmen
8. The Tiananmen tragedy: the state-society
relationship, choices, and mechanism in
historical perspective Tang Tsou.