Harvard Contemporary China Series

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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1.Cover: After Mao: Chinese Literature and Society, 1978–1981

After Mao: Chinese Literature and Society, 1978–1981

Kinkley, Jeffrey C.

2.Cover: The Political Economy of Reform in Post-Mao China

The Political Economy of Reform in Post-Mao China

Perry, Elizabeth J.
Wong, Christine

In December 1978 the Chinese Communist Party announced dramatic changes in policy for both agriculture and industry that seemed to repudiate the Maoist “road to socialism” in favor of certain “capitalist” tendencies. The motives behind these changes, the nature of the reforms, and their effects upon the economy and political life of countryside and city are here analyzed by five political scientists and five economists.

3.Cover: China’s Intellectuals and the State: In Search of a New Relationship

China’s Intellectuals and the State: In Search of a New Relationship

Goldman, Merle
Cheek, Timothy
Hamrin, Carol Lee

Today’s intellectuals in China inherit a mixed tradition in terms of their relationship to the state. In this stimulating work, twelve China scholars examine that troubled and changing relationship. They focus primarily on the post-Mao years when bitter memories of the Cultural Revolution and China’s renewed quest for modernization have at times allowed intellectuals increased leeway in expression and more influence in policy-making.

4.Cover: Ai Ssu-ch’i’s Contribution to the Development of Chinese Marxism

Ai Ssu-ch’i’s Contribution to the Development of Chinese Marxism

Fogel, Joshua A.

The recent flood of reminiscence literature in China has reserved a special place of prominence for Ai Ssu-ch’i. This is not only because he was so admired by Mao, but also because he devoted his life so enthusiastically and wholeheartedly to the Party. Joshua Fogel traces the pattern of this devotion via Ai’s crucial role in spreading Marxist-Leninist thought among Chinese intellectuals.

5.Cover: Science and Technology in Post-Mao China

Science and Technology in Post-Mao China

Simon, Denis Fred
Goldman, Merle

Along with the political and economic reforms that have characterized the post-Mao era in China there has been a potentially revolutionary change in Chinese science and technology. Here sixteen scholars examine various facets of the current science and technology scene, comparing it with the past and speculating about future trends.

6.Cover: The Secret Speeches of Chairman Mao: From the Hundred Flowers to the Great Leap Forward

The Secret Speeches of Chairman Mao: From the Hundred Flowers to the Great Leap Forward

MacFarquhar, Roderick
Wu, Eugene
Cheek, Timothy

During two crucial years when his movements were being initiated, Mao Zedong addressed various Party groups behind closed doors to explain the new policies and exhort compliance. Recorded at the time and collected for limited circulation in the 1960s by his admirers, the speeches, question-and-answer sessions, and letters here translated have never before been published in China or the West. Introductory essays by Roderick MacFarquhar, Benjamin Schwartz, Eugene Wu, Merle Goldman, and Timothy Cheek provide a context for evaluating and interpreting the nineteen texts translated in this volume.

7.Cover: Chinese Society on the Eve of Tiananmen: The Impact of Reform

Chinese Society on the Eve of Tiananmen: The Impact of Reform

Davis, Deborah

In individual case studies, the twelve contributors to this volume document the uneven decollectivization and decentralization of China’s economy in the post-Mao years and the great diversity of the social and political consequences. They deal with the effects of the more materialistic and individualistic reward system on both public and private life in the countryside and in urban settings and the new expectations that economic changes engendered.

9.Cover: From May Fourth to June Fourth: Fiction and Film in Twentieth-Century China

From May Fourth to June Fourth: Fiction and Film in Twentieth-Century China

Widmer, Ellen
Wang, David Der-wei

What do the Chinese literature and film inspired by the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) have in common with the Chinese literature and film of the May Fourth movement (1918–1930)? This new book demonstrates that these two periods share several aims: to liberate these narrative arts from previous aesthetic orthodoxies, to draw on foreign sources for inspiration, and to free individuals from social conformity.

10.Cover: Engendering China: Women, Culture, and the State

Engendering China: Women, Culture, and the State

Gilmartin, Christina K.
Hershatter, Gail
Rofel, Lisa
White, Tyrene

This first significant collection of essays on women in China in more than two decades captures a pivotal moment in a cross-cultural—and interdisciplinary—dialogue. For the first time, the voices of China-based scholars are heard alongside scholars positioned in the United States.

11.Cover: Zouping in Transition: The Process of Reform in Rural North China

Zouping in Transition: The Process of Reform in Rural North China

Walder, Andrew G.

Zouping offers important general lessons for the study of China’s rural transformation. The authors in this volume, all participants in a unique field research project undertaken from 1988 to 1992, address questions concerning the role of local governments as economic actors, market reform, and inequality.

12.Cover: The Paradox of China’s Post-Mao Reforms

The Paradox of China’s Post-Mao Reforms

Goldman, Merle
MacFarquhar, Roderick

China’s bold program of reforms launched in the late 1970s—the move to a market economy and the opening to the outside world—ended the political chaos and economic stagnation of the Cultural Revolution and sparked China’s unprecedented economic boom. Yet, while the reforms made possible a rising standard of living for the majority of China’s population, they came at the cost of a weakening central government, increasing inequalities, and fragmenting society. These essays analyze the contradictory impact of China’s economic reforms on its political system and social structure.

13.Cover: Changing Meanings of Citizenship in Modern China

Changing Meanings of Citizenship in Modern China

Goldman, Merle
Perry, Elizabeth J.

This collection of essays addresses the meaning and practice of political citizenship in China over the past century, raising the question of whether reform initiatives in citizenship imply movement toward increased democratization. Valuable for its century-long perspective and for placing the historical patterns of Chinese citizenship within the context of European and American experiences, Changing Meanings of Citizenship in Modern China investigates a critical issue for contemporary Chinese society.

14.Cover: Grassroots Political Reform in Contemporary China

Grassroots Political Reform in Contemporary China

Perry, Elizabeth J.
Goldman, Merle

Observers often note the glaring contrast between China’s economic progress and its stalled political reforms. This volume, written by experienced scholars, explores a range of grassroots efforts—initiated by the state and society alike—to restrain corrupt behavior and enhance the accountability of local authorities. While the authors offer varying views on the larger significance of these developments, their case studies point to a more dynamic Chinese political system than is often acknowledged.

15.Cover: Popular Protest in China

Popular Protest in China

O'Brien, Kevin J.

Unrest in China, from the dramatic events of 1989 to more recent stirrings, offers a rare opportunity to consider how popular contention unfolds in places where speech and assembly are tightly controlled. The contributors to this volume argue that ideas inspired by social movements elsewhere can help explain popular protest in China.

16.Cover: One Country, Two Societies: Rural-Urban Inequality in Contemporary China

One Country, Two Societies: Rural-Urban Inequality in Contemporary China

Whyte, Martin King

This timely and important collection of original essays analyzes China’s foremost social cleavage: the rural–urban gap. The contributors, many of whom conducted extensive fieldwork, examine the historical background of rural–urban relations; aspects of inequality apart from income (access to education and medical care, the digital divide, housing quality and location); experiences of discrimination, particularly among urban migrants; and conceptual and policy debates in China regarding the status and treatment of rural residents and urban migrants.

17.Cover: Mao’s Invisible Hand: The Political Foundations of Adaptive Governance in China

Mao’s Invisible Hand: The Political Foundations of Adaptive Governance in China

Heilmann, Sebastian
Perry, Elizabeth J.

Observers have been predicting the demise of China’s Communist state since Mao’s death. Yet policymakers have managed the fastest sustained economic expansion in world history. This book shows that many contemporary techniques of governance have their roots in experimental policy generation and implementation dating to the revolution and early PRC.

18.Cover: Red Legacies in China: Cultural Afterlives of the Communist Revolution

Red Legacies in China: Cultural Afterlives of the Communist Revolution

Li, Jie
Zhang, Enhua

In Red Legacies in China, Mao-era legacies serve as a framework to examine the cultural productions and afterlives of the communist revolution in order to understand China’s continuities and transformations from socialism to postsocialism. Essays discuss arts, literature and film, language and thought, architecture, museums, and memorials.

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