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Anyuan: Mining China's Revolutionary Tradition

Elizabeth J. Perry

Abstract

How do we explain the surprising trajectory of the Chinese Communist revolution? Why has it taken such a different route from its Russian prototype? An answer, Elizabeth Perry suggests, lies in the Chinese Communists’ creative development and deployment of cultural resources – during their revolutionary rise to power and afterwards. Skillful “cultural positioning” and “cultural patronage,” on the part of Mao Zedong, his comrades and successors, helped to construct a polity in which a once alien Communist system came to be accepted as familiarly “Chinese.” Perry traces this process through a ca ... More

Keywords: Chinese, Communist, revolution, Mao Zedong, Anyuan, People’s Republic of China, tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520271890
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520271890.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth J. Perry, author