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History as a Mirror : Using China's Past to Shape Its Future

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Summary

  • This program seeks to understand how the Chinese government, arguably the world's most elaborate and long-lived bureaucracy, has managed to balance the tension between controlling its people and keeping them contented enough to sustain national stability. Events unfolding at the village level in Sichuan Province demonstrate the dynamics of an evolving system of rule modeled on Marxism and informed by the legacies of Qin Shihuangdi and Confucius. Can the centralized command and control system first established so long ago continue to sustain China as it moves toward a market-style economy?

Notes

  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.

Contents

  • Introduction (2:01) -- Provinces (1:24) -- Party and Government (2:24) -- China Unifies (1:55) -- First Emperor (1:28) -- Confucianism (1:48) -- Communicating Decisions to Public (2:11) -- Chain of Command (1:58) -- Bearing Bad News (1:54) -- Central Government's Flexibility (2:49) -- Government Historically Limits Burden (2:10) -- Starvation (1:59) -- Stability and Chaos in China (3:47) -- Residence Permits (1:44) -- Personal Data (1:22) -- Loudspeaker Propaganda (1:18) -- Abuse of Eminent Domain (1:31) -- Fighting Corruption (2:15) -- Mandarins (0:57) -- Confucius, Marx and Doctrine (2:10) -- Lectures Against Corruption (1:24) -- Rule of Law (2:31) -- State Enterprises (1:45) -- Brow-Beating State Enterprises (2:04) -- Hardships for Dispossessed (2:58) -- Grain Tax (1:44) -- Mao's Strategy Toward Peasants (1:13) -- Historic Cycles and Contemporary China (2:12) -- Credits: History as a Mirror: Using China's Past to Shape Its Future (1:40)
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