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Creating the “New Man”: From Enlightenment Ideals to Socialist Realities (review)

Creating the “New Man”: From Enlightenment Ideals to Socialist Realities (review) Book Reviews identity," yet Segalla notes that many Moroccans, especially the poor, see French language as the key to economic opportunity. ellen amster University of Wisconsin­Milwaukee Creating the "New Man": From Enlightenment Ideals to Socialist Realities. By yinghong cheng. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2009. 280 pp. $60.00 (cloth). For a variety of reasons, the core of world history as a field has focused largely on the economic and political history of the world before 1900. The strength of Yinghong Cheng's Creating the "New Man" lies in the author's attempt to contribute to a world history of twentieth-century ideas. Like the concept of the New Man itself, this book is a bold experiment based on an old idea that never quite realizes its ambitious goals. Cheng's main goal is to revive "world communism" as an object of comparative world historical study through the example of the idea of the New Man. He traces the concept (understood as "New Human," he points out, in most languages except English) from its theoretical origins in the Enlightenment to its praxis in the Soviet Union, Maoist China, and Castro's Cuba. The New Man, in Cheng's definition, is the "idea of remaking people" http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Creating the “New Man”: From Enlightenment Ideals to Socialist Realities (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 22 (2) – Aug 3, 2011

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Book Reviews identity," yet Segalla notes that many Moroccans, especially the poor, see French language as the key to economic opportunity. ellen amster University of Wisconsin­Milwaukee Creating the "New Man": From Enlightenment Ideals to Socialist Realities. By yinghong cheng. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2009. 280 pp. $60.00 (cloth). For a variety of reasons, the core of world history as a field has focused largely on the economic and political history of the world before 1900. The strength of Yinghong Cheng's Creating the "New Man" lies in the author's attempt to contribute to a world history of twentieth-century ideas. Like the concept of the New Man itself, this book is a bold experiment based on an old idea that never quite realizes its ambitious goals. Cheng's main goal is to revive "world communism" as an object of comparative world historical study through the example of the idea of the New Man. He traces the concept (understood as "New Human," he points out, in most languages except English) from its theoretical origins in the Enlightenment to its praxis in the Soviet Union, Maoist China, and Castro's Cuba. The New Man, in Cheng's definition, is the "idea of remaking people"

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 3, 2011

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