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East WindChina and the British Left, 1925-1976$
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Tom Buchanan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570331.001.0001

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Epilogue

Epilogue

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East Wind
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Tom Buchanan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570331.003.0009

This concluding section of the book takes the narrative as far as the Tiananmen Square massacre of student democracy protestors in June 1989. Ironically the Communist Party of Great Britain had only recently resumed fraternal relations with the Chinese Communists, and these were now suspended in protest. The left was united in condemning the brutality of the regime, and this reflected wider changes that had taken place in the politics of the British left in the 1970s and 80s (notably the greater emphasis placed on human rights). The chapter concludes with the rise of China as an economic power, due to the reforms following the death of Mao, and notes that while the left in Britain no longer enjoys great influence, the rise of China marks the fulfilment of one of its longstanding dreams.

Keywords:   Tiananmen Square, Gang of Four, SACU, Iris Murdoch, Joseph Needham

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