The Changing Face of China

A highly readable account of the dramatic changes in China from Mao Zedong's revolution through the turmoil of the Red Guards to the country's emergence as a world economic powerhouse. - ;Where is China heading in the 21st century? Can its Communist Party survive or is it being challenged by growing inequality and unrest? Will the US and China cooperate or compete in a dangerous future? Will China's economic boom be brought to a halt by environmental catastrophe? In this highly readable account, John Gittings provides the essential information to help answer these vital questions for the world. In the 60 years since Mao Zedong took the road to victory, China has undergone not one but two revolutions. The first swept away the old corrupt society and sought to build a 'spotless' new socialism behind closed doors; the second since Mao's death has focused on an economic agenda which accepts the goals of global capitalism. From Mao to the global market, Gittings charts this complex but epic tale and concludes with some hard questions for the future. - ;The Changing Face of China By John Gittings is the most comprehensive of the four books. - Socialist Review.;The book contains a wealth of information and is certainly a good counterweight to recent books which emphasise Mao's personality as the key to China's history in the 20th Century. - Guardian;the history of modern China is an epic one, told superbly by Gittings - Guardian