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Marxism and the politics of positioning China in world history

Lin, Chun (2012) Marxism and the politics of positioning China in world history. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 13 (3). pp. 438-466. ISSN 1464-9373

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14649373.2012.689710


This paper critically traces Marxist and certain other relevant traditions of knowledge about China's evolving position in the capitalist modern world, seeking to place current struggles over the country's future direction in the post-communist epochal parameters. Ultimately, given the Marxian perspective of world history in terms of capitalist genesis, expansion and revolutionary transformations (of pre-capitalism as well as capitalism itself), to position China in its historical and international contexts is to clarify its relationship with the global capitalist system. It is politics, rather than any economic logic or cultural destiny, which (de)legitimizes and explains that relationship and makes possible an alternative Chinese path of potential universality.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Government
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 29 May 2012 11:00
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:26

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