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The Silk Road Trap: How China's Trade Ambitions Challenge Europe by Jonathan Holslag (review)

The Silk Road Trap: How China's Trade Ambitions Challenge Europe by Jonathan Holslag (review) Reviews 45 campaigns and their catastrophic environmental effects. On the other hand, the book qualifies and complicates propagandistic claims made about the out-and- out success of Maoist mass prevention programs. The result is a nuanced account that reconnects Party politics with local conditions. Perhaps the most compelling feature of Gross’s narrative is the way it combines an attentiveness to gritty everyday conditions with an interest in the ramifications of Beijing power-politics. While it provides an insightful and ultimately persuasive investigation of science’s entanglement with politics in Maoist China, the book invites us to rethink the meaning of grassroots science and its relation to antiscience and normative science during critical decades of the PRC’s development. It also sheds new light on what Gross calls the process of “scientific consolidation” through which the one-party state exerted its power in rural areas without resorting to overt force or the imposition of new bureaucracy. Beyond this, Farewell to the God of Plague furnishes many insights into public health as an arena of action where the state, local government, and social worlds overlap and collide with real consequences for people’s lives. Robert Peckham Robert Peckham is MB Lee professor in the humanities and medicine http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

The Silk Road Trap: How China's Trade Ambitions Challenge Europe by Jonathan Holslag (review)

China Review International , Volume 25 (1) – Mar 6, 2020

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Abstract

Reviews 45 campaigns and their catastrophic environmental effects. On the other hand, the book qualifies and complicates propagandistic claims made about the out-and- out success of Maoist mass prevention programs. The result is a nuanced account that reconnects Party politics with local conditions. Perhaps the most compelling feature of Gross’s narrative is the way it combines an attentiveness to gritty everyday conditions with an interest in the ramifications of Beijing power-politics. While it provides an insightful and ultimately persuasive investigation of science’s entanglement with politics in Maoist China, the book invites us to rethink the meaning of grassroots science and its relation to antiscience and normative science during critical decades of the PRC’s development. It also sheds new light on what Gross calls the process of “scientific consolidation” through which the one-party state exerted its power in rural areas without resorting to overt force or the imposition of new bureaucracy. Beyond this, Farewell to the God of Plague furnishes many insights into public health as an arena of action where the state, local government, and social worlds overlap and collide with real consequences for people’s lives. Robert Peckham Robert Peckham is MB Lee professor in the humanities and medicine

Journal

China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Mar 6, 2020

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