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Evidence for Marxism's Continued Role in Chinese Economic Modernization Theory: An Analysis

Szewczak, Jillian
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Szewczak, Jillian
Advisor
Megill, Allan
Laughlin, Charles
Abstract
China’s astounding economic growth over the last forty years has sparked debate among scholars over the source of this success and the future of China’s economic and political reform, with a significant portion of this debate centered on the Washington and Beijing Consensuses. Responding to this debate, this paper compares the rhetoric of Marx and Engels with major Chinese Communist Party publications, such as speeches, policies, and study guides, and considers the impacts of Marxism’s indirect arrival in China on later interpretations of the theory. This paper finds that Marxism is not a historic relic, but an active part of Chinese economic modernization theory with a direct ideological link shared from Marx’s Capital to Xi Jinping’s China Dream. This continuity is seen primarily in the continuation of a Soviet legacy, Mao’s dialectics, and a Marxian sense of democracy.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of East Asian Studies, MA (Master of Arts), 2017
Published Date
2017-04-27
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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