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The People's Republic of China at 60 : an international assessment /
edited by William C. Kirby.
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Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Asia Center, c2011.
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418 p.
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9780674060647
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Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Asia Center, c2011.
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9780674060647
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A collection of papers originally presented at "The People's Republic of China at 60: an international assessment," a conference held at Harvard University by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies during the Spring of 2009.
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English and Chinese.
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7783204
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-02-01:
These impressive conference papers by China specialists from across the world offer instructive views on the 60-year history of the People's Republic of China (PRC). From varied angles and in different tongues, the contributors discuss in fine interdisciplinary fashion important political, social, and cultural aspects of the PRC from 1949 to 2009. As a historical backdrop, editor Kirby (Harvard) provides a succinct introduction explaining the myth and lessons of contemporary China in general and pre-1949 Nationalist China in particular. Some of the contributors explain the ruthless political movements and utopian campaigns for economic development taken by the ideologically intoxicated Chinese Communist leadership and Mao Zedong until 1976. Scholars dwell on the post-1978 reforms that Deng Xiaoping launched as a practical way to reconstruct China and shore up Chinese Communist legitimacy as a ruling party. Other topics include the nature of post-1949 Chinese society, the PRC's survival as a party-state during the Maoist period and after, and how the Chinese Communist Party has sought to hold on to power. For a balanced, realistic understanding of China's past, present, and future, this assemblage of academic musings calls for a new paradigm to substitute for the conventionally Western-centered way of looking at China. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. G. Zheng Angelo State University
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These impressive conference papers by China specialists from across the world offer instructive views on the 60-year history of the People's Republic of China (PRC). From varied angles and in different tongues, the contributors discuss in fine interdisciplinary fashion important political, social, and cultural aspects of the PRC from 1949 to 2009...For a balanced, realistic understanding of China's past, present, and future, this assemblage of academic musings calls for a new paradigm to substitute for the conventionally Western-centered way of looking at China.
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In 2009, to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the People's Republic of China, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies convened a major conference to discuss the health and longevity of China's ruling system and to consider a fundamental question: After three decades of internal strife and turmoil, followed by an era of reform, entrepreneurialism, and internationalization, is the PRC here for the dynastic long haul?Bringing together scholars and students of China from around the world, the gathering witnessed an energetic exchange of views on four interrelated themes: polities, social transformations, wealth and well-being, and culture, belief, and practice. Edited and expanded from the original conference papers, the wide-ranging essays in this bilingual volume remain true to the conference's aim: to promote open discussion of the past, present, and future of the People's Republic of China.
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In 2009, to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies convened a major conference to discuss the health and longevity of China’s ruling system and to consider a fundamental question: After three decades of internal strife and turmoil, followed by an era of reform, entrepreneurialism, and internationalization, is the PRC here for the dynastic long haul? Bringing together scholars and students of China from around the world, the gathering witnessed an energetic exchange of views on four interrelated themes: polities, social transformations, wealth and well-being, and culture, belief, and practice. Edited and expanded from the original conference papers, the wide-ranging essays in this bilingual volume remain true to the conference’s aim: to promote open discussion of the past, present, and future of the People’s Republic of China.
Main Description
In 2009, to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Peoples Republic of China, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies convened a major conference to discuss the health and longevity of Chinas ruling system and to consider a fundamental question: After three decades of internal strife and turmoil, followed by an era of reform, entrepreneurialism, and internationalization, is the PRC here for the dynastic long haul? Bringing together scholars and students of China from around the world, the gathering witnessed an energetic exchange of views on four interrelated themes: polities, social transformations, wealth and well-being, and culture, belief, and practice. Edited and expanded from the original conference papers, the wide-ranging essays in this bilingual volume remain true to the conferences aim: to promote open discussion of the past, present, and future of the Peoples Republic of China.
Main Description
Leading China scholars around the world took the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the People's Republic of China, founded in 1949, to reflect upon six decades of enormous change for the nation. The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies organized a conference, The People's Republic of China at 60: An International Assessment, held at Harvard University in April 2009, and many of the presentations have been written as essays for this book. With an introduction by William C. Kirby and keynote address by Roderick MacFarquhar, this volume offers a portrait of China at the beginning of the 21st century as seen through the eyes of historians, social scientists, and cultural scholars. Book jacket.
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Edited and expanded from original conference papers, the wide-ranging essays in this bilingual volume promote open discussion of the past, present, and future of the People's Republic of China.
Main Description
In 2009, to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the People's Republic of China, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies convened a major conference to discuss the health and longevity of China's ruling system and to consider a fundamental question: After three decades of internal strife and turmoil, followed by an era of reform, entrepreneurialism, and internationalization, is the PRC here for the dynastic long haul? Bringing together scholars and students of China from around the world, the gathering witnessed an energetic exchange of views on four interrelated themes: polities, social transformations, wealth and well-being, and culture, belief, and practice. Edited and expanded from the original conference papers, the wide-ranging essays in this bilingual volume remain true to the conference's aim: to promote open discussion of the past, present, and future of the People's Republic of China.
Table of Contents
Contributorsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xii
Introduction: Myths and Lessons of Contemporary Chinese Historyp. 1
Keynote Address: The People's Republic of China at Sixtyp. 9
Politiesp. 17
The Foundations of Communist Rule in China: The Coercive Dimensionp. 19
Mao Zedong and the Origins of the Anti-Rightist Rectification Campaignp. 25
Ideal, Effort, and Alienation of Socialism in China: An Exploration from a Materialistic View of Historyp. 41
China's Three Rises, Regional Power Transitions, and East Asian Security: 1949 to the Twenty-First Centuryp. 91
The People's Republic of China at Sixty: Is It Rising?p. 108
Why China Gets a ôRiseö Out of Us: Ruminations on PRC Foreign Relationsp. 118
Social Transformationsp. 131
ôSixty Is the New Fortyö (Or Is It?): Reflections on the Health of the Chinese Body Politicp. 133
Popular Protest and Party Rule: China's Evolving Polityp. 145
Agriculture, Imports, and Diplomacy: Three Case Studies on the Interaction between Chinese Party Rule and Popular Willp. 153
Urban Residential District Making in Chinap. 163
ôTurning Rubbish into Something Usefulö: Crime and Punishment in Mao's Chinap. 173
Wealth and Well-Beingp. 193
A Fine Balance: Chinese Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship in Historical Perspectivep. 195
Turning Around State-Owned Enterprises under China's Political Business Modelp. 212
Health, Subjectivity, and Moral Change in Chinap. 220
Health Care Reforms in China: Slogan or Solution?p. 234
Rushing toward Socialism: The Transformation and Death of Private Business Enterprises in Shanghai, 1949-1956p. 240
Short-Term Stimuli and the Prospects for Long-Term Growth in Chinap. 259
Myth of the Social Volcano: Popular Responses to Rising Inequality in Chinap. 273
Culture, Belief, Practicep. 291
The Making of a Hero: Lei Feng and Some Issues of Historiographyp. 293
Rediscovery of the Frontier in Recent Chinese Historyp. 306
The Role of China's Public Intellectuals in the People's Republic of Chinap. 328
The End of Intellectuals: Sixty Years of Service, Subversion, and Selling in Chinap. 339
The Politics of National Celebrations in Chinap. 357
The PRC's Future in Light of its Pastp. 373
Ming Fever: The Past in the Present in the People's Republic of China at Sixtyp. 375
The Tenacity of Culture: Old Stories in the New Chinap. 388
National Minds and Imperial Frontiers: Inner Asia and China in the New Centuryp. 401
Concluding Commentsp. 413
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