Suppression and thaw have marked the course of communism in China. Merle Goldman traces that shifting pattern over the last decades of Mao’s regime, linking it to the unique role of the intellectual in government. Her engrossing account of the relations between the intellectuals and the governing elites provides a map of understanding to some recent events in the turbulent history of the People’s Republic.
In her marvelously lucid, drily witty, and extremely insightful [book]…Prof. Merle Goldman guides us campaign by campaign through the murky waters of…Chinese history, carefully pointing out at every turn the ways in which the political and intellectual realms (separable in theory but not in practice in contemporary China) have been related to one another… A truly masterful treatment of a complex and important subject.
Fascinating… Goldman does a superb job of unraveling the tangled skein of political intrigue to show how ostensibly academic discussions among writers, philosophers, and historians actually have been political debates on the question, Whither China? …Goldman’s book will undoubtedly find the wide audience it deserves as a first-class treatment of a complex and important subject.
An engrossing and powerfully documented analysis of the difficulties and dangers that Chinese writers experienced when they attempted to challenge Communist party orthodoxies.
As tightly organized, as clearly presented, and as carefully documented a history of the country’s slide into the Cultural Revolution as we are likely ever to read.
A highly valuable book… Her book touches issues of general and even universal concern. It deserves to be read by a wide audience.
- Harvard University Press
From this author
Sorry, there was an error adding the item to your shopping bag.
Sorry, your session has expired. Please refresh your browser's tab.