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The Tiananmen Papers

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Published to predictable international controversy, this sensational trove of documents, chronicling events leading up to, and following, the violent quashing of student protests in Tiananmen Square in June 1989, vividly details for the first time what previously had only been surmised. Zhang Liang, the pseudonym for the high-ranking Chinese official who leaked the documen ...more
Published January 11th 2001 by Little, Brown (first published December 31st 2000)
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Aug 06, 2012 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I read this too late. It's a fascinating look at what led up to what I always thought of as a massacre of thousands but which, in reality, could have been less than 1,000 killed. Not that 1,000 is not a massacre but it seemed like such a huge event at the time and that thousands upon thousands had been killed. The inner workings of a closed system was interesting to read about and the closing essay by Orville Schell on the problems regarding the ability to verify the source material is i ...more
But the Party also believes it has learned from Tiananmen that democratization is not an irresistible force. There is a widespread view in the West that where globalization and modernization occur, fundamental changes in the Party-state system ar einevitable, leading to the rise of civil society and some form of democracy. Whether this is right or wrong, the leaders in power in China do not believe it. For them, the lesson of Tiananmen is that at its core, politics is about force. (xxxix)

Some sa
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Jun 21, 2007 Agung Yudha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tiananmen Papers: A Predictable Controversy.

After the end of the cold war marked by the collapse of the Soviets Union, China has been a considerable political power to match the sole superpower, USA, in the fora of international relations. This has made politics and policy making in China a very sellable topics among international relationists, and this was tipped up particularly by the event of the Tiananmen massacre took place in June 1989. Understanding China had been an interesting yet d
Apr 13, 2008 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in china
This book was recommended to me by a political scientist studying in China and I have to say it knocked my socks off. If even part of it is authentic (and I gather that it may well all be the "genuine article" it provides a unique hour by hour window on the Tiananmen tragedy. Many of the "documents" assembled in this volume read like notes or minutes from actual Central Committee meetings & suggest that the massacre was essentially the result of a complex situation spiralling out of control ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
A very interesting look at how the Tiananmen Protests of 1989 escalated and unfurled. If you have zero knowledge of the modern history of China, it's a good place to start with, and if you're already familiar with it, it will delve deeper than you thought it went.
(seemingly reliable) primary sources always make for an interesting read, these internal memos give a unique insider's perspective on dynamics within the chinese government leading up to the tiananmen massacre, and also depict the culmination in an atrocity from the (mostly) reasonable actions of (mostly) reasonable men, a worthwhile read for anyone interested in modern china
Mar 21, 2011 Joel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
brilliant window into the inner workings of chinese leadership. the answer why to every question about china's current political climate begins with the tiananmen papers
Jun 25, 2008 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Freaking long but amazing in its insight into how one party government works. Time will tell if this was the real story.
Apr 08, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Fantastic insider account of Teanamen fiasco. Propulsive, fair and suspenseful! Great job by editors.
Apr 01, 2008 Gandhi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A full story of the political tragedy. However the way its written was bit too complicated
Xu Yin
Jul 31, 2011 Xu Yin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
authentication never verified. unbiased accounts of the whole event.
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