Chinese Democracy and the Crisis of 1989: Chinese and American Reflections

Chinese Democracy and the Crisis of 1989: Chinese and American Reflections

Chinese Democracy and the Crisis of 1989: Chinese and American Reflections

Chinese Democracy and the Crisis of 1989: Chinese and American Reflections

Synopsis

This study examines the process of democratization in China, taking as a focal point the recent crisis of 1989 in Tiananmen Square, but providing broader historical perspectives from both Chinese and American scholars. The authors evaluate China's political heritage, from theories of despotism in Chinese civilization to evidence for China's own democratic traditions. They also analyze the more recent political and social crises of the 1980s leading to the massive urban demonstrations in the spring of 1989, with the conflicts that have divided the rural masses, the state, the army, the cultural elite, and the media in China; and they discuss what these events tell us about China's cultural and political future."
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