Anyuan: Mining China's Revolutionary Tradition (Asia: Local by Elizabeth Perry

By Elizabeth Perry

How will we clarify the impressive trajectory of the chinese language Communist revolution? Why has it taken this sort of varied path from its Russian prototype? a solution, Elizabeth Perry indicates, lies within the chinese language Communists’ artistic improvement and deployment of cultural assets – in the course of their progressive upward thrust to energy and afterwards. Skillful "cultural positioning" and "cultural patronage," at the a part of Mao Zedong, his comrades and successors, helped to build a polity within which a as soon as alien Communist approach got here to be permitted as familiarly "Chinese." Perry strains this method via a case examine of the Anyuan coal mine, a spot the place Mao and different early leaders of the chinese language Communist social gathering mobilized an influential exertions circulation before everything in their revolution, and whose background later turned a touchstone of "political correctness" within the People’s Republic of China. as soon as referred to as "China’s Little Moscow," Anyuan came to visit time to represent a distinctively chinese language progressive culture. but the meanings of that culture stay hugely contested, as modern chinese language debate their innovative previous looking for a brand new political future.

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