By J. Thomas Rimer
Presents tale outlines, authors' biographies, and assistance for studying fifty chosen works of eastern literature from the classical and glossy sessions.
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The irony is that now the CCP must deal with the consequences of its own success. Reform not only engendered the implicit recognition of semi-autonomous realms of knowledge but also fostered economic forces that have provided a basis for a tentative reemergence of a public sphere. These developments have revived many of the questions that faced Chinese intellectuals and politicians alike in the early twentieth century - such as the relationship between state and society, the tension between Chinese culture and modernization, and the relationship between China and the outside world - and at the same time they threaten the authority structure on which the CCP, as a Leninist party, has based its rule.
In part driven by the late-nineteenth-century desire to strengthen the state (unlike the development of European civil society, which emerged against the state), and in part drawing on deeply ingrained notions of how state and society should relate, Liang developed his notion of popular sovereignty in terms that were, ironically, very much compatible with the patterns of elite activism so well described by Rankin, Strand, and others. In contrast to Western notions of popular sovereignty that rest on the assumptions of individualism and the free interplay of competing - and private - interests, Liang viewed popular sovereignty as a coming together of like-minded (and public-minded) individuals.
As a result, economic reform could do little more than give enterprises greater autonomy, a change that was not sufficient to guide them toward economically rational behavior. 34 Finally, as suggested earlier, the lack of differentiation between public and private finds expression in the relationship between ideology and knowledge. Despite the recognition of specialized areas of knowledge as separate from party ideology, all areas of intellectual inquiry, including the natural sciences, remained subject to party intervention when they seemed to violate important ideological tenets.
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