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World Socialism Studies No. 1, 2016

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Accelerating the Development of Marxist Historiographic Theories with Chinese Characteristics and the Construction of Disciplinary Innovation System of Historiography under the Guidance of Historical Materialism
Wang Weiguang, p. 4 

In recent years, historical materialism has been seriously challenged by historical nihilism. Carrying out Chinese historiographic research under the guidance of historical materialism and criticizing and repudiating historical nihilism are the most important issues that must be solved in the development of historiography in China. To that end, we must adhere to the basic stance, viewpoints and approaches of historical materialism. As historiography possesses a distinctive ideological property, we must understand that historical materialism is a sharp weapon for Chinese historiographic research, and carry forward the excellent tradition of Marxism while adhering to the guidance of historical materialism in our research. The construction of historiography with Chinese characteristics under the guidance of Marxism requires a strong sense of social responsibility, flexible use of Marxist world outlook and methodology, as well as efforts to engage in the historiographic research for the people; it demands efforts to live up to the requirements of the times and to promote the construction of our Marxist historiographic theories and innovation of its discourse system; it needs the enhancement of the popularization of Marxist historiographic theories and the findings of our historiographic research to fight against historical nihilism.

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World Socialism Studies

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WorldSocialismStudies 1 2016 copertinaA new magazine published in China opens a new window on the World Socialism

Andrea Catone, director of the MarxVentuno magazine

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We start here the publication – in English and in Italian languages – of the abstracts of the review “World Socialism Studies”, the new magazine directed by Li Shenming, edited by the World Socialism Research Center at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). For several years, the World Socialism Research Center organized major international conferences, with the participation of hundreds of scholars and researchers from all over the world, on very important issues such as “The current situation and the development trend of world socialism and leftist thoughts” (2013); “Socialism Globalization, the Inevitable Outcome of Mankind” (in 2014, the year of 20th anniversary of the establishment of the World Socialism Research Center); “Colour Revolutions and Cultural Hegemony” (2015); “Marxism in the 21st Century” (2016).

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Marx in China

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marxventuno 2 3 2015 copertinaNotes on People's Republic of China today
pp. 208

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This Book was born as a double issue of the magazine “MarxVentuno”. It intends to provide – with the help of historians, philosophers, Marxist economists – some elements for documentation and study of the most populous country in the world and its extraordinary – for masses of people involved and for intensity and speed of processes – transformations.

It reconstructs the route taken after the turn of "reform and opening" in 1978; the economic and social policies adopted to tackle the big global financial crisis of 2007-2008, which led to a further powerful development; the choices of international politics, which has to deal with the "antichinese pivot" promoted by the USA. But also the lively political and ideological debate – most of which is ignored in the West, except for a small group of specialists – on the hot issues of "socialism with Chinese characteristics"; the "mixed economy", with the leading role of public enterprises; the "socialist state of law"; the battle against the historical nihilism (which would get rid of the founding fathers of modern China independent and in transition to socialism: Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping) and for the foundation of a new culture and a new civilization, a system of socialist values in dialectical relationship with the rich and ancient Chinese tradition.

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