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Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson is the Stephen A. Schwarzman Senior Fellow for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is writing a book on counter-histories of China.
 (July 2021)

A Most Adaptable Party

The belief that history brought it to power is one of the few ideological constants in the Chinese Communist Party’s hundred-year saga.

From Rebel to Ruler: One Hundred Years of the Chinese Communist Party

by Tony Saich

The Party and the People: Chinese Politics in the 21st Century

by Bruce J. Dickson

The Chinese Communist Party: A Century in Ten Lives

edited by Timothy Cheek, Klaus Mühlhahn, and Hans van der Ven

How the Red Sun Rose: The Origin and Development of the Yan’an Rectification Movement, 1930–45

by Gao Hua, translated from the Chinese by Stacy Mosher and Guo Jian

July 1, 2021 issue

The historian Xu Jilin, Shanghai, 1995

The Flowers Blooming in the Dark

Voices from the Chinese Century: Public Intellectual Debate from Contemporary China

edited by Timothy Cheek, David Ownby, and Joshua A. Fogel

Rethinking China’s Rise: A Liberal Critique

by Xu Jilin, translated from the Chinese and edited by David Ownby

Minjian: The Rise of China’s Grassroots Intellectuals

by Sebastian Veg

March 26, 2020 issue

Daoist practitioners meditating in a cave in Jinhua, Zhejiang province, China, 2011

In Search of the True Dao

Dream Trippers: Global Daoism and the Predicament of Modern Spirituality

by David A. Palmer and Elijah Siegler

China’s Green Religion: Daoism and the Quest for a Sustainable Future

by James Miller

Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto

by Bryan W. Van Norden

November 8, 2018 issue

‘Lin Zhao Behind Bars’; painting by Hu Jie, 2007

Breaking Eggs Against a Rock

Blood Letters: The Untold Story of Lin Zhao, a Martyr in Mao’s China

by Lian Xi

Censored: Distraction and Diversion Inside China’s Great Firewall

by Margaret E. Roberts

September 27, 2018 issue

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