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Clashing Views of the People's Republic
From fear and anxiety, to celebration, China's rise has provoked a variety of responses across the world. In light of this phenomenon, how are our understandings of China produced?
From West to East, Mobo Gao interrogates knowledge production; rejecting the supposed objectivity of empirical statistics and challenging the assumption of a dichotomy between the Western liberal democracy and Chinese authoritarianism. By examining issues such as the Chinese Neo-Enlightenment and neoliberalism, national interest vested in Western scholarship, representations of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, and the South China Sea, the book asks: how is contemporary China constructed?
By dissecting the political agenda and conceptual framework of commentators on China, Gao provocatively urges those not only on the Right, but also on the Left, to be self-critical of their views on Chinese politics, economics and history.
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'This book engages a fundamental question in politics and history concerning discursive power. It is forcefully argued and highly stimulating. The compelling case Mobo Gao makes deserves broad attention for its significance and urgency in debating the hegemonic ascendance of revisionist historiography' -- Lin Chun, author of China and Global Capitalism: Reflections on Marxism, History and Contemporary Politics (2013) 'A bold, revisionist account citing much historical evidence and presenting interpretations that challenge mainstream views of China ...Gao makes a provocative case that will spark vigourous debate about the country and its leaders' motives' -- Dorothy J. Solinger, Professor Emerita, University of California, Irvine 'Mobo Gao intervenes in the increasingly tense ideological exchange that has accompanied China's challenge to the global hegemony of the West. Intimately familiar with the intellectual terrain in both worlds, Gao offers unique insights, at once indignant and introspective' -- Joel Andreas, John Hopkins University, author of Rise of the Red Engineers: The Cultural Revolution and the Origins of China's New Class 'Mobo Gao is one of the most creative and stimulating thinkers on contemporary Chinese issues today. This splendid book on fundamental questions about what China is maintains his ability to target key questions which might often be asked, but seldom treated in such elegantly provocative fashion' -- Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Studies and Director, Lau China Institute