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  • ISBN: 9780226982601
  • ISBN10: 0226982602

The Power of Tiananmen State Society Relations and the 1989 Beijing Student Movement

by Dingxin Zhao

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 04/01/2001
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In the spring of 1989, amid state corruption, soaring inflation, and the declining status of academia, over one hundred thousand students in Beijing initiated the largest student revolt in human history. Television screens across the world filled with seating images from Tiananmen Square of protesters thronging the streets, massive hunger strikes, tanks set ablaze, and survivors tending to the dead and wounded after a brutal government crackdown.

With The Power of Tiananmen, we finally get the definitive treatment of these historic events. Dingxin Zhao teases out the emotions, rumors, and elements of traditional and national culture that drove the students to revolt. Along with both grassroots tales and interviews with the young men and women who launched the demonstrations, Zhao carries out a penetrating analysis of the many parallel changes in China's state-society relations during the 1980s, which, he argues, account for the tragic events in Tiananmen; such changes prepared an alienated academy, gave rise to ecology-based student mobilization, restricted government policy choices, and shaped student emotions and public opinion.

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