China: Communism and Confucianism
Chinas1 alone among the Communist countries studied in this volume lies outside our own Western Graeco-Christian tradition. Communism in China is Communism in the context of Confucian civilisation. It should be of particular interest in comparative Communist studies to see how far China’s divergence from the orthodox Soviet norms has been the consequence of this different historical background. Ideally, the study of Communism in the Confucian context should include comparisons with China’s Confucian neighbours which are now also Communist, North Korea and Vietnam. It should also include comparisons with the non-Communist Chinese communities abroad, in Hong Kong and Singapore. It is not, however, possible to develop such comparisons here.
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