China's New Red Guards: The Return of Radicalism and the Rebirth of Mao Zedong

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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.1 X 9.4 X 0.9 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author
Jude Blanchette holds the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Previously, he was engagement director at The Conference Board's China Center for Economics and Business in Beijing, where he researched China's political environment with a focus on the workings of the Communist Party of China and its impact on foreign companies and investors. Prior to working at The Conference Board, Blanchette was the assistant director of the 21st Century China Center at the University of California, San Diego. Blanchette is a public intellectual fellow at the National Committee on United States-China Relations and serves on the board of the American Mandarin Society. He is also a senior advisor at Crumpton Group, a geopolitical risk advisory based in Arlington, Virginia. He holds an M.A. in modern Chinese studies from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in economics from Loyola University in Maryland.

"You can't understand the era of Xi Jinping without recognizing this vibrant band on China's political spectrum. Jude Blanchette was deeply immersed in China's nationalist revival long before others knew to pay attention, and he has unearthed its story in rich, lively, humane detail. Much as Tea Party activists reflected a crucial turn in American conservatism, Blanchette's neo-Maoists capture the populist undercurrents in Chinese politics" -- Evan Osnos, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

"China's New Red Guards is not only a very impressive work of research, but a spellbinding story. In it Jude Blanchette helps us understand just how enduring the legacy of Mao's tectonic revolution has been in China so that even a half a century later, leaders like Xi Jinping still find themselves in the thrall of neo-Maoism." -- Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director, The Center on US-China Relations, Asia Society

"In a fascinating and eye-opening book, Jude Blanchette reveals the neo-Maoist movement that never was entirely eradicated by the reformers after Mao died and has now moved from the margins to the center of political power under current leader Xi Jinping. Essential reading for anyone trying to understand Xi's mind-set and his strategy for shoring up Chinese Communist Party rule." -- Susan L. Shirk, Chair, 21st Century China Center, University of California-San Diego

"Jude Blanchette's book brilliantly pierces the underbelly of Chinese political debate. Instead of replaying the endless self-regarding foreign debates about market reform, Blanchette looks in the opposite direction, tracking the dogmatic idealists who yearn for the old days of Maoist control and state ownership. They regard themselves as the true heirs of the communist revolution, and their voices are getting louder." -- Richard McGregor, Senior Fellow, The Lowy Institute, and author of The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers

"Jude Blanchette has immersed himself in the arcane world of neo-Maoism to a greater extent than any other international scholar and in doing so he sheds light on one of the most important trends in modern China. Readers of this timely book will gain a far better understanding of the complex forces shaping modern China. This is an important work from a thoughtful and very thorough author" -- Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times

"With his rich description of personalities and issues, Blanchette . . . reveals a little-known inner script of Chinese politics." - Foreign Affairs