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- DescriptionRise of the Red Engineers explains the tumultuous origins of the class of techcratic officials who rule China today. In a fascinating account, author Joel Andreas chronicles how two mutually hostile groups-the poorly educated peasant revolutionaries who seized power in 1949 and China's old educated elite-coalesced to form a new dominant class. After dispossessing the country's propertied classes, Mao and the Communist Party took radical measures to eliminate class distinctions based on education, aggravating antagonisms between the new political and old cultural elites. Ultimately, however, Mao's attacks on both groups during the Cultural Revolution spurred inter-elite unity, paving the way-after his death-for the consolidation of a new class that combined their political and cultural resources. This story is told through a case study of Tsinghua University, which-as China's premier school of techlogy-was at the epicenter of these conflicts and became the party's preferred training ground for techcrats, including many of China's current leaders.
- Author BiographyJoel Andreas is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. His work has appeared in various publications, including the American Sociological Review, Theory and Society, and The China Journal.
- Author(s)Joel Andreas
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication10/03/2009
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleContemporary Issues in Asia and Pacific
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content Note11 tables, 2 figures
- Weight499 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine23 mm
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