1st Edition

Words Kill Calling for the Destruction of 'Class Enemies' in China, 1949-1953

By Cheng-Chih Wang Copyright 2002
    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    When Communist revolutionaries seized control of Mainland China in 1949, they faced enormous challenges of state and nation building. China occupied a vast territory, had a huge and poorly integrated population and suffered from a woefully backward economy. Building a Socialist Chinese state required effectively managing significant opposition to the imposition of the Communist regime. This study examines how the Chinese Communist Party employed language as an essential part of its strategy to achieving these goals.

    Introduction.  The Problem and Its Setting.  Formation of Genocide - Review of the Related Literature.  Data and Method.  Findings and Interpretations.  Words Kill - Concluding Discussions.


    Cheng-chih Wang is Assistant Professor and Head, Department of Sociology and Political Sciences, at Bethel University.