Wu Guoyou and Ding Xuemei
Translated by Sun Li and Shelly Bryant
Format: Cloth | Pages: 620pp
Size: 168 × 240 mm
An Ideological History of the Communist Party of China is a 3-volume series that traces the development of the thought underlying the CPC’s policies, methods, and actions since its establishment in 1921. The first volume covers the period from the founding of the Party through a turbulent period of armed revolutionary struggle until the establishment of the new China in 1949. The second volume picks up there and continues through 1978, the year the Reform and Opening Up policy was launched. The final volume in the series traces the various policies and development of the CPC’s ideology through the Reform and Opening Up era until the present.
All three volumes present an inside look at the shaping of the Party’s ideology, reflecting the ways in which that ideology has played out in the CPC’s social, political, military, economic, and cultural agendas. It is an insightful analysis of the Party’s own narrative of its ideological development over nearly a century, a view rarely available in English-language publications about the Communist Party of China. The key issues of each historical period are covered in great detail, with careful analysis of the errors and rectification of errors that led to the ultimate development of sound Marxist policy suited to the actual situation current in China at the time the policy was adopted. The measured candor and humility expressed in this analysis might come as a surprise to some English-language readers, particularly those who have been repeatedly told by Western media sources that the CPC is not forthcoming about its errors. Perhaps this shows a development of a new state of affairs in contemporary China, or perhaps it indicates that the portrayal of the CPC in Western media has been influenced by their own political biases – or perhaps a measure of both.
This series is suited to readers who are reasonably well-versed with the events of modern Chinese history, but lack insight into the development of the CPC’s thought and policies throughout its development. These books do an excellent job of reflecting the sophistication behind the thought that underlies Chinese Marxism, the driving ideology of the Communist Party of China.
Wu Guoyou was born in 1957 in Kailu, Inner Mongolia. A doctoral researcher, he has studied in the Department of Political History of Inner Mongolia Normal University for Nationalities and Marxist-Leninist Thought of Jilin University and the School of Political Science and Law of the Northeast Normal University, and he holds a postgraduate degree and a doctorate in Law. After graduating with a Master’s degree in 1990, he worked at the Jilin Academy of Social Sciences and has successively served as deputy director of the Institute of Sociology and director of the Deng Xiaoping Theory Research Center. In 1998, he was transferred to the Party History Research Office of the CPC Central Committee and engaged in the study of the CPC’s history in the new era. In August 2002, he was appointed Assistant Director of the Third Research Department of the Party History Research Office of the CPC Central Committee. In July 2005, he was appointed Deputy Director of the No. 3 Research Department of the Party History Research Department of the CPC Central Committee. In October 2010, he was appointed Director of the No. 3 Research Department of the Party History Research Office of the CPC Central Committee. He also served as a member of the National Association of Party Construction Studies and the Chinese Communist Party History Society. In July 2012, he was appointed Director of the No. 2 Research Department of the Party History Research Office of the CPC Central Committee. His publications include Science and Technology and China’s Cross-Century Social Development, An Overview of Deng Xiaoping’s Strategy to Build a Moderately Well-off Society, and The “Three Represents” The Great Achievements of the Party’s Guiding Thoughts in Keeping Pace with the Times, along with more than 50 papers. He has also written, edited, and co-authored more than ten books, including A History of China’s Reform and Opening up Policy, The New Theory of Mao Zedong Thought, and The Whole History of the Long March of the Red Army (Volume III).