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China’s Intellectuals

China’s Intellectuals

Advise and Dissent

Merle Goldman

ISBN 9780674119710

Publication date: 01/01/1988

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.

    —Boston Globe


  • Merle Goldman is Professor of History, Emerita, at Boston University and Associate of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.

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