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The Reform Decade in China

From Hope to Dismay, 1st Edition

Edited by Marta Dassù, Tony Saich


248 pages

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This book, first published in 1992, provides a detailed analysis of the reform programme in post-Mao China. In it, a distinguished group of specialists show how the dramatic events that came to a head in Tiananmen Square in 1989 were the result of a profound crisis in the reform programme launched in 1978. Individual chapters examine the roots of this crisis: the inability to deal sufficiently with the Maoist legacy; insufficient political reform; the clash between Deng’s revolution from above and society’s revolution from below; the imbalances created by the new economic programme; and the relationship between these domestic changes and China’s foreign policy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Marta Dassù 2. The Reform Decade in China: The Limits to Revolution from Above Tony Saich 3. No Way Out? Rural Reforms and Food Policy in China Kathleen Hartford 4. From Modernisation to Involution: Failed Pragmatism and Lost Opportunities in Deng Xiaoping’s China Yves Chevrier 5. Tiananmen 1989: Background and Consequences Marie-Claire Bergère 6. To Reform China Su Shaozhi 7. The Challenges to Chinese Foreign Policy Gerald Segal 8. China’s Open-Door Policy: Results and Perspectives Roberto Bertinelli

About the Editors

Marta Dassù

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: China Under Mao

This 13-volume collection of previously out-of-print titles reissues some key works in the study of Mao Zedong’s huge influence on China – its politics, economics and development into the power that it is today. Foreign policy, the Cultural Revolution, the fate of opponents, Chinese Marxist thought – all are covered here, and more, in this essential reference resource.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies