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Initial Reform (1977–1982)—Rehabilitations And Expectations

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In this chapter, the author discusses the ups and downs in academic regulation in CASS in relation to the Chinese reforms. In the years following his second rehabilitation in 1977, Deng Xiaoping regained power over Premier Hua Guofeng and regained the loyalties of former officials and intellectuals. Throughout the reform period, reformist and conservative academic leaders alike were part of broader movements with comprehensive political programmes that included more than academic issues alone. The choice of the first group of CASS leaders, hand-picked by the Central Committee, showed the Committee’s concern with building CASS into a mainstay of socialist research activities. Even the beginning of CASS’s existence was characterized by changing notions of leadership.

Keywords: CASS; Central Committee; Chinese reforms; Deng Xiaoping; leadership; rehabilitation



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