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Sowing the Seeds of Democracy in China

Sowing the Seeds of Democracy in China

Political Reform in the Deng Xiaoping Era

Merle Goldman

ISBN 9780674830080

Publication date: 03/19/1995

The West’s leading authority on the role of intellectuals in contemporary China presents a percipient account of the efforts at political reform in the Deng Xiaoping era. Merle Goldman describes a group of highly placed intellectuals who, with the patronage of Deng Xiaoping’s designated successors Hu Yaobang and then Zhao Ziyang, attempted to reshape both China’s Marxist–Leninist ideology and its political system.


  • [A] definitive study of China’s dissidents… [Goldman] is the foremost Western expert on China’s intellectual dissidents—especially writers—since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949… Whenever one seeks an explanation, Goldman furnishes it.

    —Jonathan Mirsky, New York Times Book Review


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

Book Details

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

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