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China's Motor: A Thousand Years of Petty Capitalism (review)

China's Motor: A Thousand Years of Petty Capitalism (review) 400 China Review International: Vol. 4, No. 2, Fall 1997 Despite this criticism, the book is a valuable reference for Chinese economic reform. It represents an official exposition of the great transformation of the Chinese economic system during the early stage of the reform era. Chu-yuan Cheng Ball State University Chu-yuan Cheng is a professor ofeconomics specializing in studies of the Chinese economy and has published thirty-six books on this subject. Hill Gates. China's Motor: A Thousand Years ofPetty Capitalism. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1996. xiv, 326 pp. Hardcover $35.00, isbn 0-8014-3143-3. This is a heroic attempt by anthropologist Hill Gates to rehabilitate the "spirit" (p. 6) of Marxism as a viable explanatory framework for the last thousand years of Chinese history, including the present. She tries to show how the rulers and people of a modified socialist state can prosper through the rulers' manipulations of an overgrown "Petty Capitalist" market which is the "motor" of both state and society. Ultimately Dr. Gates fails to rehabilitate Marxism, but in passing provides a number of illuminating insights on the inner logic of some key aspects of Chinese history and (both wittingly and unwittingly) on the conceptual and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

China's Motor: A Thousand Years of Petty Capitalism (review)

China Review International , Volume 4 (2) – Mar 30, 1997

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400 China Review International: Vol. 4, No. 2, Fall 1997 Despite this criticism, the book is a valuable reference for Chinese economic reform. It represents an official exposition of the great transformation of the Chinese economic system during the early stage of the reform era. Chu-yuan Cheng Ball State University Chu-yuan Cheng is a professor ofeconomics specializing in studies of the Chinese economy and has published thirty-six books on this subject. Hill Gates. China's Motor: A Thousand Years ofPetty Capitalism. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1996. xiv, 326 pp. Hardcover $35.00, isbn 0-8014-3143-3. This is a heroic attempt by anthropologist Hill Gates to rehabilitate the "spirit" (p. 6) of Marxism as a viable explanatory framework for the last thousand years of Chinese history, including the present. She tries to show how the rulers and people of a modified socialist state can prosper through the rulers' manipulations of an overgrown "Petty Capitalist" market which is the "motor" of both state and society. Ultimately Dr. Gates fails to rehabilitate Marxism, but in passing provides a number of illuminating insights on the inner logic of some key aspects of Chinese history and (both wittingly and unwittingly) on the conceptual and

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Published: Mar 30, 1997

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