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Brown, Kerry

China's Dream: The Culture of Chinese Communism and the Secret Sources of its Power

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The Communist Party of China (CPC) is one of the great political forces of modern times. In charge of the destiny of a fifth of humanity, it survives despite the collapse of similar systems elsewhere. Few, however, understand the sources of this resilience, or, for that matter, what the Party itself stands for.

China’s Dream is the first book to explore the Communist Party as a cultural, rather than a political, entity. It looks at the narratives the Party has created to recount its own history, with the moral story about national rejuvenation and renaissance that these encode. It does not shy away from the thorny issue of how a Party under Mao Zedong, one associated with self-sacrifice, collectivist effort, and anti-individualism, came to pragmatically embrace market capitalism and a new ethics. The tensions to which this gives rise have resulted in a crisis of values, which is now being addressed – with very mixed results – by the CPC.

Drawing on his extensive knowledge of contemporary China, Kerry Brown takes us on a unique and fascinating journey through the least understood aspect of China today – not the great economic revolution in the material world, but the deep cultural revolution already underway in Chinese people’s daily lives.

Keywords: China; Chinese Communist Party; communism, party politics; ideology; CCP; Xi Jinping; Mao; Post-Mao; politics; international relations; Asian studies; conflict; political systems; Chinese politics, Political Issues & Behavior, Political Issues & Behavior

Author(s)
Publisher
John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Publication year
2018
Language
en
Edition
1
Page amount
240 pages
Category
Society
Format
Ebook
eISBN (ePUB)
9781509524600
Printed ISBN
9781509524563

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