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Tiananmen redux

The hard truth about the expanded neoliberal world order

Johan Lagerkvist

This book contends that the massacre of civilians in Beijing on June Fourth 1989 was a pivotal rupture in both Chinese and world history. If not for that day, China’s socioeconomic, political and cultural landscape would not have undergone the kind of dramatic transformation that has made China rich but unequal, open but hyper-nationalist, moralistic but immoral and unhappy. Through the lens of global history the book revisits the drama of Tiananmen and demonstrates how it unfolded, ended, and ultimately how that ending – in a consensus of forgetting – came to shape the world of the 21 st century. It offers a theorization on the inclusion of China into global capitalism and argues that the planetary project of neoliberalism has been prolonged by China’s market reforms. This has resulted in an ongoing convergence of economic and authoritarian political practices that transcend otherwise contrasting political systems. With China’s growing global influence, the late leader Deng Xiaoping’s statement that «development is a hard truth» increasingly conveys the logic of our contemporary world.

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Acknowledgements ...............................................................................7 Introduction: A blow to our collective conscience ...............................9 Part I: The Hard Truth about the Massacre in Beijing Chapter 1: Background and Rise of the Movement............................27 Chapter 2: Rifts, Escalation and Crackdown ......................................75 Part II: The Hard Truth of Silence and Market Momentum Chapter 3: Global Amnesia and June Fourth ....................................159 Chapter 4: The Silencing of Civil Society and Deng Xiaoping’s Pivot to Capitalism .............................................................201 Part III: Authoritarian Convergence and Moral Costs Chapter 5: Capitalist Convergence and Rising Inequality ................263 Chapter 6: The Global Expansion of Authoritarianism and Democracy Under Threat ................................................291 Epilogue: Two phone calls ...............................................................329 List of important names ....................................................................331 Bibliography ......................................................................................335 Index .................................................................................................355

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