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Anyuan Mining China's Revolutionary Tradition

ISBN-10: 0520271904
ISBN-13: 9780520271906
Edition: 2012
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Description: How do we explain the surprising trajectory of the Chinese Communist revolution? Why has it taken such a different route from its Russian prototype? An answer, Elizabeth Perry suggests, lies in the Chinese Communists' creative development and  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

How do we explain the surprising trajectory of the Chinese Communist revolution? Why has it taken such a different route from its Russian prototype? An answer, Elizabeth Perry suggests, lies in the Chinese Communists' creative development and deployment of cultural resources - during their revolutionary rise to power and afterwards. Skillful "cultural positioning" and "cultural patronage," on the part of Mao Zedong, his comrades and successors, helped to construct a polity in which a once alien Communist system came to be accepted as familiarly "Chinese." Perry traces this process through a case study of the Anyuan coal mine, a place where Mao and other early leaders of the Chinese Communist Party mobilized an influential labor movement at the beginning of their revolution, and whose history later became a touchstone of "political correctness" in the People's Republic of China. Once known as "China's Little Moscow," Anyuan came over time to symbolize a distinctively Chinese revolutionary tradition. Yet the meanings of that tradition remain highly contested, as contemporary Chinese debate their revolutionary past in search of a new political future.

Antonio Negri is an independent researcher and writer. He has been a Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Paris and a Professor of Political Science at the University of Padua.Sebastian Heilmann is Professor of Comparative Government and the Political Economy of China at the University of Trier.Elizabeth J. Perry is Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute.

List Of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Maps
Introduction
Rehearsing Revolution
Teaching Revolution: The Strike of 1922
China's Little Moscow
From Mobilization to Militarization
Constructing a Revolutionary Tradition
Mao's Final Crusade: Purifying the Revolutionary Tradition
Reforming the Revolutionary Tradition
Conclusion
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography of English-Language Sources
Index

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