From Comrade to Citizen : The Struggle for Political Rights in China

Merle Goldman

This is a well-told, no-nonsense account of the development of civil society in China — in the face of official hostility and opposition of all kinds.
Goldman starts the tale at the death of Zhou Enlai, linking the outpouring of sympathy and implicit criticism of the government at the death of Mao’s deputy with subsequent manifestations of independent speech, thought and association. These have ebbed and flowed ever since, but the overall trend has remained powerfully in favor of greater consciousness of citizens’ rights.

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