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Understanding The Chinese Revolution Through Words: An Introduction

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Since China started economic reform, revolutionary language, invented by and built into the center of the Chinese Revolution, has experienced a sea change. Scholars and critics, in a grim mood of farewell to revolution, have tended to take a harsh view of the revolutionary experience from the early days through Mao's era. The trashing of the revolution is manifest in such wildly popular books as Jung Chang's Wild Swans and Mao: The Unknown Story. In current scholarship, the Chinese Revolution is still viewed in the light of the dire consequences of the Cultural Revolution, or from the perspective of an all-controlling party apparatus. Violence was ubiquitous in the interstate conflict that gave rise to the Chinese Revolution. Neoliberal globalization, the financial crisis, and the emergent social movements of self-protection against the ravages of the blind market compel us to rethink the Chinese Revolution.

Keywords: Chinese Revolution; Mao; Neoliberal globalization



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