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The End of the Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity

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Challenging both the bureaucratic one-party regime and the Western neoliberal paradigm, China’s leading critic shatters the myth of progress and reflects upon the inheritance of a revolutionary past. In this original and wide-ranging study, Wang Hui examines the roots of China’s social and political problems, and traces the reforms and struggles that have led to the curren ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Verso (first published 2009)
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This collection of essays is the English translation of a volume titled 'Depoliticized Politics' (去政治化的政治). application of a model of democratic politics to the bureaucratic authoritarianism of China. The idea is that the nation-state becomes depoliticized, with very few real debates over ideology - just the application of power struggles. The idea of economic reform or 'transition' is never ending, and used to justify or wave aside any political dysfunction or pervasive inequality. Likewise, th ...more
Jesse Field
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Warning: This is the first book I'm putting in a category I'll call "hardcore." That means the book is very difficult, so I don't necessarily recommend this title, or this review, to everybody. But if you're interested in intellectual history....

I was expecting this to be a journalistic account celebrating the rise of gradualism in contemporary China. Boy was I wrong: this is a set of very piquant critiques both of China's current models of development, "hollowed" Western democracies, the concep
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"Chinese commentators have been curiously absent from international discussions about the Sixties, despite the fact that the Cultural Revolution was so central to that tumultuous decade. This silence, I would argue, represents not merely a rejection of the radical thought and practice of the Cultural Revolution but a negation of China’s whole ‘revolutionary century’—the era stretching from the Republican Revolution in 1911 to around 1976. The century’s prologue was the
Richard Graham
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it
As a reader not familiar with Chinese political thought, this book is fascinating. It takes the uninformed reader on a crash course through the history of modern Chinese thought and reveals the subtleties that most non Chinese observers would easily overlook. At the same time, it articulately tackles the questions of modernity in China firsthand, and we see Chinese thinkers interrogate the same questions of modernity that we claimed to have "solved" decades ago. The book also features a good dis ...more
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Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is an important critique of the politics of the Chinese reforms. For an extended review, see "Depoliticization and the Chinese Intellectual Scene."
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Wang Hui (Chinese: 汪晖; pinyin: Wāng Huī; born 1959) is a professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Tsinghua University, Beijing. His researches focus on contemporary Chinese literature and intellectual history. He was the executive editor (with Huang Ping) of the influential magazine Dushu (读书, Reading) from May 1996 to July 2007. The US magazine Foreign Policy named him as o ...more
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