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China's Dream

Hardback By Kerry Brown
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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.

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Format: Hardback, 240 pages Language: English
Dimension: 23.11cm x 15.49cm x 2.03cm ISBN10: 1509524568
Weight: 431g ISBN13: 9781509524563
Publication Date: 21 Sep 2018 Publisher: Polity Press

About Author

Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies at King's College London and Director of the Lau China Institute.

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‘Kerry Brown has provided an authoritative guide to understanding how the Communist Party of China is forging a new identity for itself and the country. Strongly recommended for anyone interested in the corporate culture of what makes China's ruling party tick.

’Ian Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion after Mao‘In this clear and concise book, Kerry Brown uncovers the moral mission behind the imposing language of the Communist Party of China to reveal just what Xi Jinping and his colleagues think they are doing. It is, indeed, a revival of Maoist politics, but not of the Cultural Revolution variety. It’s a brave new world that will be with us for many years to come.

’Timothy Cheek, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia“An ambitious and successful attempt to unearth the cultural, moral and historical influences that underpinthe thinking and actions of the CCP, both today and during China’s recent past. This book questions manylong-held and narrow assumptions about the role of the ruling party in China. Highly recommended tostudents of Chinese politics and spe


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