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From Reform to Revolution

From Reform to Revolution

The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union

Minxin Pei

ISBN 9780674325647

Publication date: 01/08/1998

The demise of communism in the former Soviet Union and the massive political and economic changes in China are the stunning transformations of our century. Two central questions are emerging: Why did different communist systems experience different patterns of transition? Why did partial reforms in the Soviet Union and China turn into revolutions?


  • This is an immensely exciting, sustained analytical effort ...this book is quite likely to become a classic in its field.

    —Pacific Review


  • Minxin Pei is the author of several books on Chinese domestic politics, including China’s Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Decay and China’s Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy. He is the Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College.

Book Details

  • 264 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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