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Description - Throwing the Emperor from His Horse by Peter J. Seybolt

This engaging book sketches an intimate portrait of the life of Wang Fucheng, an illiterate peasant who served for thirty years as Communist party secretary of an impoverished village on the north China plain. Based on conversations over a seven-year period (1987-1994), between Wang Fucheng and Peter Seybolt the book unfolds as a continuous first-person narrative, framed by the author's overview and chapter introductions.Born in 1923, Wang Fucheng rose under the Communists from extreme poverty to a position of power and prestige in his village. His account provides a fascinating illustration of the process of social mobility during the Maoist era, the interaction between central and local leaders, and the way central policies were adapted at the village level. The book's compelling and evocative picture of life in rural China will appeal to scholars, students, and general readers alike.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813331317
ISBN-10: 0813331315
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 17-Sep-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Peter J. Seybolt

Peter J. Seybolt is professor of history and director of the Asian Studies Program at the University of Vermont.

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