Date of Award

Summer 1998

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Humanities

Committee Director

Jin Qiu

Committee Member

Chen Jie

Committee Member

David Putney

Abstract

The hypothesis tested in this thesis was whether there has been an evident evolution in the democratic thought of those engaged in China's Democracy Movement in the post-Mao era. The activists of the Democracy Movement of 1978-79, following a long-standing tradition of remonstrance, were among those substantially influenced by the events of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. The activists initiated big character posters on Democracy Walls throughout China--but among the most influential was Beijing's. Wei Jingsheng, though certainly not the only voice, represented the more vocal and extreme democratic position in his wall poster The Fifth Modernization: Democracy, which first appeared in late 1978 and which brought to the movement an aspect of the liberalism controversy that had not been expressed or defined previously.

DOI

10.25777/7pt4-vv58

ISBN

9780599061736

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