Leadership and Resources

  • Elizabeth Van Wie Davis


Ruling, resources and religion have shifted under the various Chinese administrations since the beginning of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. In China, these administrations are sometimes referred to as “generations.” The most noted academic on Chinese generations is the scholar Li Cheng, who writes:

The concept of political generations in China is often based on the distinctive political experience of elites—for example, the Long March generations (first generation), the anti-Japanese War generation (the second generation), the “socialist transformation” generation (the third generation), and the Cultural Revolution generation (the fourth generation).1


Ethnic Minority Fourth Generation Cultural Revolution Political Liberalization Party Secretary 
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  • Elizabeth Van Wie Davis
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  1. 1.Colorado School of MinesUSA

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