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China Since Mao
China Since Mao
By Charles Bettelheim and Neil G. Burton
Monthly Review Press, 1978, 130 pp.

Two Marxist intellectuals, one a French theoretician of some renown and the other a Canadian living and working in China, argue about the significance of the changes that have taken place in China since the death of Mao. The Frenchman sees a betrayal of socialism; the Canadian, albeit sharing some of the misgivings of Bettelheim, sees an attempt "to create the essential conditions under which the masses can continue to educate and to liberate themselves." Although flawed by an overdose of leftist scholasticism, the result is a valuable insight into the changes in both domestic and foreign policy in China.