Anyuan: Mining China's Revolutionary Tradition by Elizabeth Perry

By Elizabeth Perry

How can we clarify the striking trajectory of the chinese language Communist revolution? Why has it taken this sort of various path from its Russian prototype? a solution, Elizabeth Perry indicates, lies within the chinese language Communists’ artistic improvement and deployment of cultural assets – in the course of their innovative upward thrust to strength and afterwards. Skillful “cultural positioning” and “cultural patronage,” at the a part of Mao Zedong, his comrades and successors, helped to build a polity within which a as soon as alien Communist method got here to be approved as familiarly “Chinese.” Perry lines this approach via a case learn of the Anyuan coal mine, a spot the place Mao and different early leaders of the chinese language Communist celebration mobilized an influential exertions circulate first and foremost in their revolution, and whose heritage later grew to become a touchstone of “political correctness” within the People’s Republic of China. as soon as referred to as “China’s Little Moscow,” Anyuan came to visit time to represent a distinctively chinese language progressive culture. but the meanings of that culture stay hugely contested, as modern chinese language debate their innovative previous looking for a brand new political destiny.

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