By Marte Kjær Galtung

Communism is useless in China. "China Inc." is deciding to buy up the area. China has the us over a barrel. The chinese language are only copycats. China is an environmental baddie, China is colonizing Africa. Mao used to be a monster. the tip of the Communist regime is close to. The twenty first century belongs to China. Or does it? Marte Kjær Galtung and Stig Stenslie spotlight forty nine regularly occurring myths approximately China's earlier, current, and destiny and weigh their fact or fiction. major an enlightening and wonderful travel, the authors debunk common "knowledge" approximately chinese language tradition, society, politics, and economic climate. sometimes, chinese language themselves motivate incorrect impressions. yet a lot of those myths are fairly approximately how we Westerners see ourselves, inasmuch as China or the chinese language individuals are depicted as what we're not. Western perceptions of the empire within the East have for hundreds of years oscillated among sinophilia and sinophobia, encouraged by means of old alterations within the West up to through occasions in...

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Freed from the severe institutional checks imposed on them in early T'ang times the merchant community slowly began the development which by the late Sung had created a wealthy, self-conscious urban middle class with a strong sense of its separate identity and its own special sub-culture. 29 Another change came over the commercial scene during the late T'ang. During the Sui and early T'ang, merchants, both large-scale traders and the local shopkeepers (even the pedlars in the capital city), were very often foreigners - Soghdians, Persians and later Uighurs.

Peasant farmers did not become tenants of a powerful neighbouring landlord purely out of economic desperation. A powerful landlord could shield his tenants from the rapacity of the tax collectors, while the large estate as an economic unit provided some measure of security and a chance of surviving hard times, which might be denied a small farmer just above the subsistence level. In addition, these changes took place in the context of a general collapse of authority and the break27 See Denis Twitchett, Land /entire and the social order in T'ang and Sung China, inaugural lecture, 28 Nov.

31 Here, once again, although governments continued to claim that control of the currency was an essential part of the state's power, in actual practice an important part of the currency was left in the hands of private merchants, and it was from private sources rather than from government that the most important change in currency policy, the beginnings of paper money, was to come in the ensuing period. Attempts by the government to control the economy according to a long-outmoded ideal model of society were breaking down at every level.

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