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The Politics of China: The Eras of Mao and Deng 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521588638
ISBN-10: 0521588634
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Book Description

Bringing together substantial essays by leading scholars, this volume offers a comprehensive introduction to and analysis of the politics of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to the mid-1990s. The first four chapters are drawn from The Cambridge History of China, Volumes 14 and 15. The last two chapters have been written specifically for the paperback volume. Richard Baum's chapter covers the events of the 1980s, and Joseph Fewsmith's concluding essay extends the second edition's coverage into the 1990s.

About the Author

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). --This text refers to the Printed Access Code edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (January 13, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521588634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521588638
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,069,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kendrick on July 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
Now in its third edition, The Politics of China has become a standard single-volume history of politics in the People's Republic of China (PRC). A quick perusal of the table of contents shows the inestimable scholarship Roderick MacFarquhar has drawn together. It could be considered hubris to attempt to review such formidable deans of China studies and so this review is not so much about critiquing the details of their works, but to note the strengths and weaknesses of the book for use by a student of Chinese politics.

The first four chapters come from the Cambridge History of China, with Frederick Teiwes covering the early years of the PRC (1949-1957), Kenneth Lieberthal on the Great Leap Forward (1958-1965), Harry Harding on the Red Guard period of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1969), and Roderick MacFarquhar on the conclusion of the Cultural Revolution, through the brief Hua Guofeng era, up to the ascendance of Deng Xiaoping (1969-1982). Richard Baum's chapter on the 1980s under Deng's opening and reform regime appeared in the first edition of Politics and Joseph Fewsmith's analysis of party politics immediately following the Tiananmen incident (1989-1995) appeared in the second. This third edition includes a new seventh chapter written by Hoover Institution's Alice Miller covering roughly 1995-2009.

While the first four chapters are more of a history of CCP politics, Baum's chapter on the 1980s straddles the two approaches of history and systematic analysis. Fewsmith and Miller's chapters on 1989-2009 use a much more analytical lens. This makes sense knowing that the CCP has not released as many documents regarding more contemporary politics.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
Marfarquahr's edited book, The Politics of China, is an expectional one in all aspects. Not only is it informative and descriptive to a full extent, but it shows clear insight of interpretations with a good analysis of China's late era's, especially the Cultural Revolution and the First Five Year Plan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Accoleia on April 23, 2013
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This book is very detailed and not for those who want something short and quick to learn the basics of the politics since 1949. Each section is written by a scholar within his fields, and it's written with the historical facts, may they be good or bad, without adding or filter according to the author's own views - which is so common in most books about "sensitive fields".

By now I've read quite a few books about China, and I would strongly recommend this one for anyone interested in deepening their knowledge.

The difference between the editions is that they each add 10 years.
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