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Revolutionary Discourse in Mao’s Republic

Revolutionary Discourse in Mao’s Republic

David E. Apter, Tony Saich

ISBN 9780674767805

Publication date: 08/19/1998

What does the Chinese Communist Revolution teach us about the relationship between political discourse and real experiences and events? This unique interpretation of the revolutionary process in China uses empirical evidence as well as concepts from contemporary cultural studies to probe this significant question. David Apter and Tony Saich base their analysis on recently available primary sources on party history, English- and Chinese-language accounts of the Long March and Yan’an period, and interviews with veterans and their relatives.

Written by an eminent political theorist well seasoned in comparative development and an internationally recognized China scholar, and abounding in new approaches to central issues, this incisive analysis will be welcomed by social theorists and China scholars alike.


  • Revolutionary Discourse in Mao’s Republic should become a central text in rethinking Maoism, Chinese politics and social theory… This work has the mark of genius.

    —Edward Friedman, University of Wisconsin–Madison


  • David E. Apter was Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Comparative Political and Social Development at Yale University.
  • Tony Saich is Daewoo Professor of International Affairs and Director the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia at Harvard Kennedy School. His books include Finding Allies and Making Revolution: The Early Years of the Chinese Communist Party and Governance and Politics of China.

Book Details

  • 416 pages
  • 6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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