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Themes For China: Modern Arts, Modern Conflict

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This chapter discusses the Sannong Problem; Liang's Second Theory of Rural Reconstruction; and Yan'an road, industrialization, and today's Sannong Problem. The author believes this book on Culture and Social Transformations in Reform Era China is the greatest-ever vision of modernity. In this chapter, the author emphasizes the expansiveness of its horizon, its grasp of the paradoxes and inner contradictions of modern life, and the depth of its penetration into the inner life of the modern subject. In the 1840s, Karl Marx portrays communism as the culmination of bourgeois humanism. In Russia and China, a Marx-type communism couldn't even be imagined until Stalinism and Maoism were overthrown. Only then could modern subjects emerge and act.

Keywords: China; communism; Karl Marx; modernity; Sannong Problem; Theory of Rural Reconstruction; Yan'an road



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