Selected Essays on the History of Contemporary China


Editor: ZHANG Xingxing
The first volume of Historical Studies of Contemporary China offers an examination of some key events, developments, issues, and figures in China since the founding of the People’s Republic. Drawing on rich primary and secondary sources, leading experts in the political, economic, intellectual, military and national defense, and diplomatic history of the PRC present insights and analysis on a wide range of topics, including emergency measures during the Difficult Three Year Period, the relationship between Neo-Confucianism and Marxism, the evolution of China’s international arms control policies, the Chinese government’s public opinion campaign prior to reestablishing diplomatic relations with Japan, the “Kashmir Princess” incident, and others. These accounts will help readers form a more nuanced understanding of China’s efforts to deal with an array of new problems while trying to recover from the ravages of two wars.

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Zhang Xingxing 张星星, PhD in Law from the Renmin University of China in 1996, is deputy director of the Institute of Contemporary China, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, chief editor of Historical Studies of Contemporary China, and director, professor, doctoral and postdoctoral advisor in the department of national history, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Graduate School. He has published over 40 books and more than 100 journal articles and book chapters on the history of the Communist Party of China.
Series Foreword

List of Contributors

1 Chen Yun and Deng Xiaoping in the Early Period of Reform and Opening
ZHU Jiamu

2 A Study of the 1978 State Council Conference to Discuss Principles
LI Zhenghua

3 The 156 Projects and New China’s Industrial and Urban Development
HE Yimin and ZHOU Mingchang

4 Emergency Measures Taken during the Three-Year Period of Economic Difficulty
SHANG Changfeng

5 The Relationship between Modern Neo-Confucianism and Marxism on the Mainland Following 1949

6 Changes to China’s Assistance Programs for Urban Vagrants and Beggars
GAO Zhonghua

7 Discussion of Reforms to Rural Cooperative Medicine in the New Era

8 The Evolution of China’s International Arms Control Policies
ZHONG Longbiao

9 Analysis of 1969’s “Order Number One”
XU Jinzhou

10 Changes to China’s Attitudes toward Vietnam-US Peace Talks and Their Influence on Sino-Viet Relations

11 The Chinese Government’s Persuasion and Education of the Masses Prior to Reestablishing Sino-Japanese Diplomatic Relations
GAO Fanfu

12 The Truth Behind the “Kashmir Princess” Incident
LI Hong

13 The Current State of Historical Research in the People’s Republic of China
ZHANG Xingxing

The HSCC series will be of interest to the well informed general reader, as well as scholars and researchers in the relevant disciplines and areas of focus.