Chinese history

  • China's 2022: Protest, Ceremony, and Surprise

    by Jeffrey Wasserstrom and William Yang

    China's recent oscillations between official ceremonies of authority and insurgent protests presents a complex picture of a Chinese Communist Party struggling to maintain authority despite its formidable mechanisms of surveillance and coercion. 

  • The Democratic Potential of China's Grassroots Intellectuals

    by Sebastian Veg

    Chinese intellectuals working outside the protection of state-controlled universites have a perilous existence, but carry on the struggle against the regime's efforts to impose orthodoxy on the nation's history. 

  • How the Chinese Language Modernized

    Jing Tsu's book examines the ways that the Chinese written language has survived waves of iconoclasm and shifts in the politics of cultural authority. 

  • Michael Schuman: Xi's New China is Terrifying

    by Michael Schuman

    A leading China scholar argues that the government's increased restrictions on individuals and companies, from the petty to the consequential, signal a retrenchment of central authority after a period of liberalization. 

  • China Passes Historical Resolution Enabling Xi's Ongoing Rule

    “By tracing the continuity of the party over 100 years, it is used to show that it was inevitable for Xi to emerge at this time to be the ‘core’ of the party,” said Tony Saich of Harvard's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. 

  • Rebel is Right: Reassessing the Cultural Revolution

    by Chaohua Wang

    A new book by the Chinese scholar Yang Jisheng examines the Chinese Cultural Revolution's lasting impact on the Communist Party, concluding that the generation of party leaders who experienced it were indifferent to utopianism but deeply attracted to the exercise of absolute power.