Challenging both the bureaucratic one-party regime and the Western neoliberal paradigm, China's leading critic shatters the myth of progress and reflects upon the inheritance of a revolutionary past. In this original and wide-ranging study, Wang Hui examines the roots of China's social and political problems, and traces the reforms and struggles that have led to the current state of mass depoliticization. From the May Fourth Movement to Tiananmen Square, "The End of the Revolution" offers a broad discussion of Chinese intellectual history and society, in the hope of forging a new path for China's future.
Wang Hui is Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Tsinghua University in Beijing and the former editor of Dushu, China's most influential literary journal. He participated in the Tiananmen protest of 1989 and is the author of China's New Order.