Chinese Business History: Interpretive Trends and Priorities for the Future

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The other equally large challenge is to forge a set of shared values and beliefs (like the dominant Confucianism of the imperial past) that could glue Chinese society together in the twenty-first-century world, that would provide a genuine identity for the men and women of a truly modern China. I do not anticipate that some imported religion is going to work any better than did Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, now totally in shambles. From where in China's rich tradition such a "civic religion" will emerge I cannot guess. But I am certain that the cramped contemporary message to "make a little money" (zhuan yidian qian) by doing some business will not long suffice to nourish hearts and minds in a nation with so long a history and so rich a culture.


Notes
1.
Far Eastern Economic Review, April 27, 1995, p. 60.
2.
See Donald J. Munro, The Imperial Style of Inquiry in Twentieth Century China: The Emergence of New Approaches ( Ann Arbor, MI: Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 1996).
3.
Reuters, Beijing, July 13, 1995.
4.
Far Eastern Economic Review, January 26, 1995, p. 45.

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