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Governing China: From Revolution Through Reform Hardcover – April 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393037878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393037876
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

University of Michigan political science professor Lieberthal here presents a devastating critique of Mao's rule and its disastrous legacy. In the Maoist movement's peasant-based, military path to power, he perceives the roots of many characteristics of post-1949 China--for example, the close interlocking of party and army, repeated attacks on intellectuals, and mass political campaigns. Lieberthal credits Deng Xiaoping of the late 1970s and early '80s as an innovative reformer, an improvisational genius who effected a conscious reduction in the government's control of social and economic activity. This engrossing text also provides an amazingly detailed blueprint of modern China's power elite, their propaganda and coercive systems. Lieberthal, an adviser to the State Department and the World Bank, details the clash of China's new generation of technocrats and its stagnant gerontocracy as he discusses such issues as political succession, managing the economy and limiting environmental damage. China, which now has the world's largest armed forces, will remain authoritarian in the foreseeable future, he believes, even as it makes enormous economic advances.

Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

In the past decade, China's dramatic economic growth has captured the world's attention. But there is still lingering uncertainty about its future, emerging from the inconsistencies of China's current political situation. The long history of periodic political turmoil has revealed some fundamental and inherent weaknesses of the Chinese political system. Lieberthal, an experienced China scholar, provides a systematic approach toward an understanding of the complex governing organizations of China from its imperial past, through the 20th-century revolutions, both Nationalist and Communist, until the current regime. Unlike many other China experts, Lieberthal doesn't make any predictions. Through a close look at the largest bureaucratic structures, the actual allocations of power in front and behind the organizational facade, he illuminates the difficult issues and challenges facing contemporary China. Highly recommended.?Mark Meng, St. John's Univ. Lib., New York
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By klau1@emerald.tufts.edu on May 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book if someone is looking for an introduction to chinese politics, history and its political economy. It is comprehensive and easy to grasp, and one of the few books of its kind that I actually found difficult to put down. It is not, however, the best book to look to for an in-depth discussion of specific topics. You should look elsewhere - you could start with Lieberthal's bibliography - if your intrests lie within a narrow subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Matthew on May 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good book on how China actually works. For those of us who did not know a thing about this country it really sums it up nicley. This book tells how Mao and Deng pushed China to make it better. It goes in depth on how those two pushed the cadres into early retirment to bring in younger workers who new about the mordern technology and who were also more highly educated. I also really enjoyed how the author made clear how China is and can affect the future of the U.S and the entire world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Matthew on May 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good book on how China actually works. For those of us who did not know a thing about this country it really sums it up nicley. This book tells how Mao and Deng pushed China to make it better. It goes in depth on how those two pushed the cadres into early retirment to bring in younger workers who new about the mordern technology and who were also more highly educated. I also really enjoyed how the author made clear how China is and can affect the future of the U.S and the entire world.
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Format: Paperback
A very interesting and accurate overview of Chinese modern history and the themes which have shaped the current century. While many seem to idealize and criminalize the characters representing ideology, Lieberthal does a wonderful job describing them as the people they were, the conflicts they inspired, and their motivations to drive the country in the bizarre manner of China through the last century.

The reason I docked it a star was because I felt the section on Women and China, while somewhat accurate, missed the point of the positives that came out of the Maoist period. I won't use this forum to discuss this unrelated topic other than to say the alternative argument is actually equally as compelling. His treatment of this one topic in this manner is striking in a book that is more fair than most in its depiction of the weirdness that was China during the last century.

I would definitely consider assigning this book for a classroom, but would consider adding alternative opinion pieces to certain sections.
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