Living with Reform

China since 1989

Timothy Cheek

Description

China is huge. China is growing more powerful. Yet China remains a great mystery to most people in the West. This contemporary history, based on the latest scholarly research, offers a balanced perspective of the continuing legacy of Maoism in the lifeways not only of China's leaders but China's working people.
China is huge. China is growing more powerful. Yet China remains a great mystery to most people in the West. This contemporary history, based on the latest scholarly research, offers a balanced perspective of the continuing legacy of Maoism in the lives not only of China's leaders but China's working people. It outlines the ambitious economic reforms taken since the 1980s and shows the complex responses to the consequences of reform in China today.

Cheek shows the domestic concerns and social forces that shape the foreign policy of one of the worlds great powers. His analysis will equip the reader to judge media reports independently and to consider the experience and values not only of the Chinese government but China's workers, women, and minorities.

Author Bio

Timothy Cheek holds the Louis Cha Chair of Chinese Research in the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. He is also editor of the journal, Pacific Affairs. His books include Mao Zedong and China's Revolutions (2002) and Propaganda and Culture in Mao's China (1997), as well as New Perspectives on State Socialism in China (1997) and The Secret Speeches of Chairman Mao (1989).

Table of Contents

  • Preface - What Does Tiananmen Mean?
  • 1. Making Sense: What is 'China'?
  • 2. Living History: What was Maoism?
  • 3. Reform: Mao is Dead, Long Live Mao!
  • 4. Brave New World: Reform and Openness
  • 5. Winners and Losers: Reaction to Reform
  • 6. China in the World Today
  • Conclusion

Reviews

‘Timothy Cheek offers a remarkably comprehensive and perceptive account of Chinese history in the post-Mao era. He is eloquent in appealing for a critical but fair and balanced view of contemporary China’s successes and failures. The general reader, the student and the China scholar alike will profit from reading this thoughtful volume.'
Maurice Meisner, University of Wisconsin at Madison

'This is a concise, systematic and illuminating introduction to the ways in which China as a complex nation-state works and is experienced by the Chinese during the tumultuous two and half decades of reform. It will appeal to students taking introductory courses on China as well as smart lay readers interested in understanding contemporary China beyond the usual, hackneyed journalistic formulations.'
Adam Yuet Chau, University of London

'Timothy Cheek provides readers with a lively introduction to the key dilemmas facing the world’s most populous country. Written in an engagingly accessible style and particularly good on the protean nature of the Beijing regime and common foreign misconceptions of the PRC. Living with Reform: China since 1989 is an insightful and timely publication.'
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, University of California

'Thought-provoking and thoroughly-argued'
S. K. Ma, Choice

Details

Publication Date: 15 October 2006
184 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781842777237
eBook ePub: 9781848137271
eBook PDF: 9781848131552
eBook Kindle: 9781780328317
Library Edition: 9781842777220

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