Where Does A Nation’s Political Culture Come From?
The relative weak point of Chinese urbanites has prompted many analysts to low cost the probability of fundamental political transformation in the close to future. In Part 6, Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Liu Xiaobo contemplate efforts by Western observers and Chinese members to make historic sense of 1989. As Wasserstrom observes, Western interpretations have tended to current the occasions of 1989 as tragedy-a noble quest doomed to failure.
Controversy has surrounded the question of who the protagonists were (the students or Deng Xiaoping and Zhao Ziyang) and why they failed (whether due to circumstances past their control or because of their very own shortcomings). Chinese accounts, against this, have usually portrayed the rebellion of 1989 as romance-a battle between good and evil that results in the exaltation of the hero. Here again there have been disagreements over the identity of the protagonists (with … Read More