image above is Hong Kong
As China enters the 1980s here it appears that China is really entering the world. The revolution of 1949 appears a convulsive act that required a generation of flitting recovery for the new China to emerge from. How is this new 1980s China really different from the one in the teens or twenties or even the one that preceded the 1911 revolution? By that I mean not the economy, or the industrial revolution both of which change China enormously, but rather the government. Look at the bureaucracy. What really changed?
Now in the 80s, no doubt inspired by full relations with the US and the “West”, China needs lawyers, international law, a solid education system, incentives for workers and even allows the free-wheeling Hong Kong to keep on keepin’ on.
How did all of this come about? How does China seem to escape the fate of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union of the same time period? What was really different here?
We are at crunch time for our little class. I know you all have many exciting things going on and opportunities to look forward to, but the extent to which for the next simple 3 (only) or 4(stretch) weeks you can double down and focus with me on the final units and reviews as they unroll, you will see, and I will see, I think some extraordinary results.
Hang in there.