Reviews 71 dant in the past. The recent Mao cult thus inevitably begs the question of past influence. Does the 1995 construction of a traditional-style temple devoted to Mao in his home province (mentioned by the author on p. 23) have some link to popular religious worship? In a proclaimed atheistic state, the meaning of the dei- fication of a political leader can perhaps be better comprehended through the long lens of history. The reservations above should by no means dim the significance of this book. This is an important contribution to the study of Chinese political culture, not so much for the author's theoretical findings (of which there are few), but for his intelligent and refreshing interpretation of a potent political symbol and its manifold manifestations in a rapidly changing China. Chang-tai Hung Carleton College and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Chang-tai Hung is a historian specializing in modern Chinese cultural history. He is the Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor ofHistory and Asian Studies at Carleton College and Professor ofHumanities at the Hong Kong University ofScience and Technology. mm Marie-Claire Bergère. Sun Yat-Sen. Paris: Fayard, 1994. x> 543 PP- Paperback Fr 160.00, isbn 2-213-03190-8.
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