The fate of an enlightenment: twenty years in the Chinese intellectual sphere (1978-98)

Xu Jilin, Geremie R. Barmé, Gloria Davies

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The history of the Chinese intellectual sphere that spans the two decades from 1978 to 1998 is one that is intimately bound up with the changes wrought by the Communist Party’s reformist-era modernization policies. Generally speaking, those policies initiated and instituted a reform from the top downwards. Over the years this reform evolved as a process of expansion that, starting at the heart of the Party-state system, gradually encompassed the fringes of the establishment and eventually the spaces outside it. In keeping and in tandem with this complex process of transformation, the intellectual world of China experienced constant splits and realignments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Intellectuals Between State and Market
EditorsEdward Gu, Merle Goldman
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherRoutledge Curzon
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780203422113
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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