The new emperors : China in the era of Mao and Deng

by Harrison Evans Salisbury

Paper Book, 1992




Boston : Little, Brown, c1992.


The concept of emperor in China is intimately associated with that of the dragon. China's dragons, guardians of the throne, are unlike those of the West. They are benign and protective but can turn like terrible emperors on the people. If they do so, it is the fault of the people, not the dragons. They breathe fire and thrash their tail only if betrayed, a convenient concept for an emperor.

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LibraryThing member ck2935
This is a great book analysing the rule of Mao and how the leaders of China, especially Deng Xio Peng were influenced by the Cultural Revolution. A little dated I suppose, but great for historical background.
LibraryThing member datrappert
Salisbury presents a pretty definitive (for its time) argument that the leaders of China's Communist Party don't really differ that much from the leaders of China's imperial dynasties. They even still live in the same place! And come to think of it, not much has changed in the 20 years since this book was written, except that leadership changes hands a little more frequently than it usually did with emperors. It is also important to understand how the "mandate of heaven" now falls upon the Communist Party. Fascinating stuff if you are interested in China.… (more)


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