The papers in this volume are highly focused in a number of ways. All concern a particular country, China, at a particular time, the 1980s. Moreover, all are about one special aspect, the social sciences. The papers on economic or historical problems actually deal with scholarship in the China of the 1980s on such questions, rather than the problems themselves. It could even be charged that the focus of the papers is microscopic. Yet the perspectives on the social sciences are actually rather broad. Several papers deal with various periods of history, several with economics, one with international relations, and questions concerning society are also raised, such as the minority nationalities and literature. On the other hand, it is true that there are lacunae. These include philosophy and anthropology.
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