[Marxism] NEW TITLE: The End of the Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity, by Wang Hui

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NEW IN PAPERBACK:

THE END OF THE REVOLUTION: CHINA AND THE LIMITS OF MODERNITY

BY WANG HUI

PUBLISHED: 15TH AUGUST 2011

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“An undivided narrative of modern Chinese history which makes better sense … This book, too, is a product of the NLR/Verso effort to articulate the serious and extensive debate going on in China—a debate that is poorly reflected in our media and scholarship.” – GUARDIAN: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/apr/03/struggle-tibet-wang-lixiong-china

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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 current state of mass depoliticization.

Arguing that China’s revolutionary history and its current liberalization are part of the same discourse of modernity, Wang Hui calls for alternatives to both its capitalist trajectory and its authoritarian past.

>From the May Fourth Movement to Tiananmen Square, The End of the Revolution offers a broad discussion of Chinese intellectual history and society, in the hope of forging a new path for China’s future.

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PRAISE FOR THE END OF THE REVOLUTION:

“The best book regarding Western misconceptions o fcontemporary China.”– Artforum

 “[A] nuanced and highly theorized investigation into the relationship between revolutionary traditions and the rise of neoliberal capitalism ... [a book that has] implications beyond the field of China studies.” – CRITICISM: http://alexanderday.net/wang-hui-review/

“A nice blend of academic analysis and commentary on contemporary Chinese political life, including reflections on1989 and a series of studies of Chinese history and Chinese intellectuals, showing the tradition within which Wang situates himself. For Western readers, it is immensely valuable to have translations of some representative writings of a thinker not widely known outside China. Recommended.” – CHOICE

“One of China's leading historians and most interesting and influential public intellectuals.”- LOS ANGELES TIMES: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-wang-hui21-2010mar21,0,2800858.story

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Wang Hui is a professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Tsinghua University in Beijing,where he currently lives. He studied at Yangzhou University, Nanjing University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He has also been a visiting professor at NYU and other universities in the U.S. In 1989, he participated in the Tiananmen Square Protests and was subsequently sent to a poor inland province for compulsory “re-education” as punishment for his participation. He developed a leftist critique of government policy as a result and, as a result, came to be one of the leading proponents of the Chinese New Left in the 1990s, though Wang Hui did not choose this term. Wang was named as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world in 2008 by Foreign Policy.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 379 7 / $22.95 / £11.99 / $28.50CAN / Paperback / 272pages

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