Although the Chinese military elites throughout the Maoist period played a pivotal role in party politics, they remained compliant to the ultimate party rule. This paradoxical behavior is explained by the dualistic nature of the Maoist political system, which institutionalized military participation in the political leadership while impeding the development of military professionalism & bureaucratic autonomy. This central theme is developed through theoretical discussions, structural analyses, & historical case studies. The book offers a military-centered interpretation of the political history of Maoist China.
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