Fanshen: A Documentary of Revolution in a Chinese Village
More than forty years after its initial publication, William Hinton’s Fanshen continues to be the essential volume for those fascinated with China’s revolutionary process of rural reform and social change. A pioneering work, Fanshen is a marvelous and revealing look into life ini the Chinese countryside, where tradition and modernity have had both a complimentary and caustic relationship in the years since the Chinese Communist Party first came to power. It is a rare, concrete record of social struggle and transformation, as witnessed by a participant. Fanshen, continues to offer profound insight into the lives of peasants and China’s complex social processes. Rediscover this classic volume, which includes a new prefaceby Fred Magdoff.
William Hinton(1919-2004) was a farmer in Vermont and a legendary figure in the US Left. He wrote many books on post-revolutionary China, includingThrough a Glass Darkly,Iron Oxen,The Great Reversal,Hundred Day War,Shenfan, andTurning Point in China.