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Ten Crises

The Political Economy of China’s Development (1949-2020)

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  • Contextualizes China’s 70 years of contemporary history against one coherent backdrop
  • Written by one of the leading scholars of agrarian issues in China
  • Emphasizes the role of rural sector

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Table of contents (7 chapters)


About this book

This open access handbook, Ten Crises systematically traces the economic history
of China from 1949 to 2020, unravelling the complex domestic and global factors
leading to the cyclical crises identified by WEN and his research team, and
examining the corresponding counteracting policies and measures by the
government to resolve or defer the crises. The book offers profound insights into
China’s endeavours and predicaments on the path of modernization, and
contemplates opportunities and lessons for the forging of alternative trajectories
not only for China but also for the global south: to reconstruct rural communities
for integrated cooperation and governance, and to revitalize ecological civilization.


“WEN Tiejun’s Ten Crises is essential reading for understanding China’s philosophyof development and the problems confronting its economic restructuring along
socialist lines. It explains the most important dynamics at work.”

Michael HUDSON, Institute for The Study of Long-Term Economic Trends, USA

“This book is a true masterpiece, the intellectual and scientific tool essential for
understanding the contemporary economic, social and political history of China,
which it analyses in depth and accuracy.”

Rémy HERRERA, Centre d’ Economie de la Sorbonne, France

“The ecological system plays a central role in WEN Tiejun’s observation betweenagriculture-industry interaction and rural-urban co-evolution. WEN’s field study
and comparative analysis shed new lights on development theory. His work is
stimulating for a new era ofsustainable Green Economy.”

CHEN Ping, Peking University, China

Authors and Affiliations

  • Beijing, China

    Wen Tiejun

About the author

Wen Tiejun is Director of the Centre of Rural Revitalization, Peking University;

Executive Dean of the Institute of Rural Reconstruction of China, Southwest

University; and Executive Dean of the Institute of Rural Reconstruction of the

Straits, Fujian Agricultural and Forestry University, China. He is a leading scholar

on macro-economics and agrarian issues, Independent Non-Executive Director of

Postal Savings Bank of China, and policy advisor to the State Council and the

Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China.

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