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Fanshen continues to offer profound insight into China as it prepares to enter the twenty-first century, and will appeal to anyone interested in understanding China's complex social processes or who wish to rediscover this classic.

Fanshen continues to offer profound insight into China as it prepares to enter the twenty-first century, and will appeal to anyone interested in understanding China's complex social processes or who wish to rediscover this classic volume. More than thirty years after its initial publication, William Hinton's Fanshen continues to be the essential volume for those fascinated with China's continuous process of rural reform and social change.

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More than thirty years after its initial publication, William Hinton's Fanshen continues to be the essential volume for those .

More than thirty years after its initial publication, William Hinton's Fanshen continues to be the essential volume for those fascinated with China's continuous process of rural reform and social change. A pioneering work, Fanshen is a revealing look into life in the Chinese countryside, where tradition and modernity have had both a complimentary and caustic relationship in the years since the Chinese Communist Party first came to power

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Book Description: More than forty years after its initial publication, William Hinton's Fanshen continues to be the essential volume for those fascinated with China's revolutionary process of rural reform and social change. A pioneering work, Fanshan is a marvelous and revealing look into life in the Chinese countryside, where tradition and modernity have had both a complimentary and caustic relationship in the years since the Chinese Communist Party first came to power. It is a rare, concrete record of social struggle and transformation, as witnessed by a participant.

William Howard Hinton (Chinese: 韩丁; pinyin: Hán Dīng; February 2, 1919 – May 15, 2004) was an American farmer and writer. A Marxist, he is best known for his book Fanshen, published in 1966, a "documentary of revolution" which chronicled the land reform program of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in the 1940s in Zhangzhuangcun (张庄村, pinyin: Zhāngzhuāngcūn), sometimes translated as Long Bow Village, a village in Shanxi Province in northern China.

Fanshen continues to offer profound insight into the lives of peasants and China s complex social processes.

More than forty years after its initial publication, William Hinton s Fanshen continues to be the essential volume for those fascinated with China s revolutionary process of rural reform and social change. and modernity have had both a complimentary and caustic relationship in the years since the Chinese Communist Party first came to power. Fanshen continues to offer profound insight into the lives of peasants and China s complex social processes. Rediscover this classic volume, which includes a new preface by Fred Magdoff. 13 people like this topic.

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More than thirty years after its initial publication, William Hinton's Fanshen continues to be the essential source for those fascinated with China's continual process of rural reform and social change. This edition will appeal to anyone interested in understanding China's complex social processes, and to those who wish to rediscover and re-experience this classic volume again.

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Ylal
This classic is one of which I wanted to have a personal copy, so that it is available conveniently at appropriate intervals. The seller sent the book exactly as described at a fair price.
Adokelv
A sweeping, nuanced, and deeply humane account of the changes in a single village during the land reform process that brought China out of feudalism in the 1940s. Hinton's saga immerses the reader in the shocking, brutal war of each against all that characterized life in rural China in the years before the revolution, and the struggles, challenges, excesses, and corrections that realized the equitable redistribution of agricultural land from the hands of a few landlords to the peasants who tilled it.

Eighteen years in the making, the book presents a revolutionary process of rich complexity, constructing a narrative with deep insight and revealing illustration that ranges beyond simple class and economic analysis into questions of organization, family, gender, sexuality, and human frailty, courage, discipline, and altruism.

Like the real work of revolution, the long narrative has its slow, grinding parts, but the book is punctuated with many moments of clarity, humor, and human recognition, and rewards the diligent reader immensely.

Contrary to the crude and invidious red-baiting review posted by Mr. Collins on this site, Hinton in fact takes great care to examine the violent excesses of the early days of the revolution in the village; indeed the latter half of the book is concerned precisely with the attempts of the community to come to terms with the initial violence and authoritarianism of the Communist Party members and cadres.
inetserfer
You've heard the old joke about the guy who says he would rather be a drunk than an alcoholic because alcoholics have to go to all those meetings. That's what this book is about: meetings -- innumerable, endless meetings in a small village in revolutionary China. For three years (1946-1948, it seems that the peasants in this village met every day to discuss how to divvy up the land taken from the landlords, select their leaders, discuss the correct "line" of the revolution, criticize each other, and punish evil doers.
Hinton is an enthusiast for Chairman Mao and the communists, but he doesn't gloss over the excesses of the revolution. He paints a vivid picture of life in prerevolutionary China and an equally vivid picture of the implementation of Maoism in the countryside with all its violence, doctrinal hair-splitting, changes in direction, and imperfections. At the end of the book, he concludes that the peasants and the revolution have achieved a proper balance between equity and production in the Chinese countryside and presumably everyone will live happily ever after.
As a story about life in the countryside this book is outstanding. As a book about the makings of a revolution at the peasant level it is outstanding. As a book about land reform and Maoism, it is much, much less than prophetic. Hinton leaves us with a warm, post revolutionary feeling that all was well in the Chinese countryside in 1948. But all was not well. Tens of millions of Chinese peasants starved to death in the 1950s. Maybe they were spending too much time in revolutionary meetings and not enough time working in their fields. Revolutionary enthusiasts such as Hinton need to be called to account for the errors they make in their ardor and naivete. Perhaps we should have a meeting on that....
Arashigore
Well written and makes the reader feel on a personal level with the village and the happenings in Longbow village. It was impossible for me to put this book down. Just the drama of the whole situation happening had me unable to stop reading it. Ive read a lot on China and a lot about the revolution and this book should be a must read for anyone wanting to understand China at that time and the need to destroy feudalism. The personal stories and relationships and drama written in this book make it almost like a story book where I was cheering for some people and against others... Read it you won't be disappointed
Fanshen: A Documentary of Revolution in a Chinese Village download epub
Humanities
Author: William Hinton
ISBN: 0853450463
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Monthly Review Press; 1st edition (January 1, 1967)
Pages: 656 pages