China's Dream, The Culture of Chinese Communism and the Secret Sources of its Power
China's Dream, The Culture of Chinese Communism and the Secret Sources of its Power
The Communist Party of China (CPC) is one of the great political forces of modern times. In charge of the destiny of a fifth of humanity, it survives despite the collapse of similar systems elsewhere. Few, however, understand the sources of this resilience, or, for that matter, what the Party itself stands for.

China’s Dream is the first book to explore the Communist Party as a cultural, rather than a political, entity. It looks at the narratives the Party has created to recount its own history, with the moral story about national rejuvenation and renaissance that these encode. It does not shy away from the thorny issue of how a Party under Mao Zedong, one associated with self-sacrifice, collectivist effort, and anti-individualism, came to pragmatically embrace market capitalism and a new ethics. The tensions to which this gives rise have resulted in a crisis of values, which is now being addressed – with very mixed results – by the CPC.

Drawing on his extensive knowledge of contemporary China, Kerry Brown takes us on a unique and fascinating journey through the least understood aspect of China today – not the great economic revolution in the material world, but the deep cultural revolution already underway in Chinese people’s daily lives.
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  • September 2018 (pb)
    October 2018 (hb)
  • 240 pages
  • 152 x 229 mm / 6 x 9 in
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About the Author
Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies at King’s College London and Director of the Lau China Institute.
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'A fascinating book'
Financial Times

'An ambitious and successful attempt to unearth the cultural, moral and historical influences that underpin the thinking and actions of the CCP, both today and during China’s recent past. This book questions many long-held and narrow assumptions about the role the ruling party in China. Highly recommended to students of Chinese politics and specialists in the field.'
Robert Weatherley, University of Cambridge

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