Historical Dictionary of the Chinese Communist Party

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  • Author(s): Lawrence R. Sullivan
  • Series:
    Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements
  • Publication Information:
    Lanham, Md : Scarecrow Press. 2012
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      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      The Chinese Communist Party, as the political leader of the world's largest country and second largest economy, plays an undeniably important role in global politics. Founded in a boarding school in Shanghai in 1921, the Chinese Communist Party is one of the oldest ruling parties in the world since its takeover of mainland China in 1949 under the leadership of Chairman Mao Zedong. Since its inception, the party has survived a civil war with the Kuomintang (1946-1949); the political, cultural, and humanitarian catastrophe of the Great Leap Forward (1958-1960), where upwards of 30 million Chinese civilians died; and the death of the Chinese Communist Party's dominant leader, Mao Zedong, in 1976.In recent years, intellectuals and party members have been given increasing leeway to express their opinions, and Lawrence R. Sullivan takes advantage of this new research to provide a comprehensive history of one of the world's most fascinating political movements. The Historical Dictionary of the Chinese Communist Party contains a chronology, an introductory essay, an appendix, an extensive bibliography, and more than 400 cross-reference dictionary entries on key people, places, and institutions. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the Chinese Communist Party.
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9780810872257. 9780810874701.
    • Accession Number:
      769189740
    • Accession Number:
      405948
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      LAWRENCE R. SULLIVAN. Historical Dictionary of the Chinese Communist Party. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2012. ISBN 9780810872257. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=405948. Acesso em: 27 out. 2020.
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      Lawrence R. Sullivan. Historical Dictionary of the Chinese Communist Party. Scarecrow Press; 2012. Accessed October 27, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=405948
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      Lawrence R. Sullivan. (2012). Historical Dictionary of the Chinese Communist Party. Scarecrow Press.
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      Lawrence R. Sullivan. 2012. Historical Dictionary of the Chinese Communist Party. Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=405948.
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      Lawrence R. Sullivan (2012) Historical Dictionary of the Chinese Communist Party. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press (Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=405948 (Accessed: 27 October 2020).
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    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Lawrence R. Sullivan. Historical Dictionary of the Chinese Communist Party [Internet]. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press; 2012 [cited 2020 Oct 27]. (Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=405948

Reviews

LJ Reviews 2012 March #1

While almost providing a biographical dictionary—multiple entries focus on the role of important figures from the founding of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to today—Sullivan (political science, Adelphi Univ.; Historical Dictionary of the People's Republic of China) also covers slogans ("Separating Party from enterprise"), terms ("four olds"), concepts ("class struggle"), events ("Hu Feng Affair"), units of government ("Politburo"), occasional artifacts (big-character posters), and a few general topics (women). Seven of the party's more than 30 "central groups" earn entries. There is a chronology, CCP and government organizational charts, three appendixes (1940 Mao speech excerpts, a 1989 Deng Xiaoping speech, Hu Jintao's report to the 2007 17th National Congress), and bibliographies of general and specialized works and websites. Although the selected background is extensive, the 2005 Carnegie conference "Behind the Bamboo Curtain: Chinese Leadership, Politics, and Policy" and Stanford's online China Leadership Monitor might have been included. Coverage is thin on factions: there are no entries on the "one Party two factions" trend or the Shanghai and Qinghai cliques and no mention of the Tuanpai faction in the "Youth League" entry. Boldface type and cross-references are copious. It's puzzling, however, that there is no index, and it's difficult to find information on items (e.g., Tibet, Taiwan, Falun Gong) that don't have dedicated entries and to see larger connections. VERDICT Despite dense, awkward writing and poor proofing, this concise guide to the history of the CCP consolidates key data. Its lack of index and its specialized focus and high price, however, make it problematic for general purchase, since most of the information it provides is available on the Internet.—Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's Sch., Middletown, RI

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