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CHINA'S DREAM: The Culture of Chinese Communism and the Secret Sources of Its Power

Magazine article Geographical

CHINA'S DREAM: The Culture of Chinese Communism and the Secret Sources of Its Power

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CHINA'S DREAM: The Culture of Chinese Communism and the Secret Sources of its Power

by Kerry Brown

* Polity

* [pounds sterling]16.99 (paperback)

Chinas transformation from an undeveloped nation of agrarian peasants to a modern manufacturing powerhouse with a burgeoning middle class and a rapidly increasing global influence has been nothing short of remarkable. Understanding this transformation requires an understanding of its guiding hand--the Communist Party of China (CPC)--which, as author Kerry Brown makes clear early on in this fascinating book, is easier said than done.

Founded in 1921, the CPC has ruled China since 1949, having seen off both Japans occupying forces and the Chinese Nationalists. Throughout its reign, its control of Chinese affairs has gone far beyond the political. Indeed, as Brown writes: 'The CPC can be viewed as an entity for not just political but also cultural, ethical and personal transformation in the country it controls and rules over.'

Deeply pragmatic, the party has regularly been forced to reinvent itself, shaping and reshaping its ideology, identity and even its own historical narrative in order to remain relevant and maintain its grip on absolute power. …

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