Rethinking Socialism and Reform in China

How have the historical experiences and legacies of the communist revolution before 1949 and socialism under Mao influenced the course of reform and development in China since the 1980s? And how do Chinese intellectuals reexamine the aspects and trajectories of socialism and reform in China and reinterpret the links and discontinuities between them? The Rethinking Socialism and Reform in China series presents the most innovative studies in English translation by leading Chinese scholars, which have been originally published by Open Times ( Kaifang shidai), one of the most influential journals in China that appeals to both academics and the general public. The planned volumes of the series cover a variety of themes ranging from the communist revolution, social control and mobilization, and everyday power relations in Maoist China, to economic change, governance and resistance, gender, ethnicity, and cultural issues in recent decades.

Biographical Note

Edited by Huaiyin LI, The University of Texas at Austin and Chongqing WU, Sun Yat-sen University

Huaiyin Li received his M.A. from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 1987 and Ph.D. from UCLA in 2000. He is a professor of history and Asian studies and director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His books include Village Governance in North China, 1875–1936 (Stanford, 2005), Village China under Socialism and Reform: A Microhistory, 1948–2008 (Stanford, 2009), and Reinventing Modern China: Imagination and Authenticity in Chinese Historical Writing (Hawai’i, 2013).


Wu Chongqing, Ph.D. (1964), is Professor of Philosophy at Sun Yat-sen University. He has published monographs and articles on China, including The Path to the Sun Village (Law Press) and Baseless Society of Acquaintance and Social Reconstruction (Social Sciences Academic Press).

Editorial Board

Joel Andreas, Johns Hopkins University
Xiaoping Cong, University of Houston
Alexander Day, Occidental College
Brian DeMare, Tulane University
Han Xiaorong, Lingnan University
William Hurst, Northwestern University
Li Fangchun, Chongqing University
Jack Qiu, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Yafeng Xia, Long Island University
Yan Hairong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Yan Xiaojun, University of Hong Kong

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