Is Chinese neo-people-oriented thought a completely endogenous phenomenon or is it an outcome of eastern-western cultural exchange? This is a vexed problem that has been puzzling Chinese academia for a long period. Some scholars argue that all through its history China has never had any democratic tradition, since the required soil for the production of democracy in terms of political culture is absent. On the contrary, other scholars contend that old-line Chinese peopleoriented thought is actually eastern or oriental democracy. Destructing Despotism refuses both these two views and reconsiders the neo-people-oriented thought that developed in the 17th Century – the late Ming and early Qing dynasty, providing insightful distinctions between neo-people-oriented thought and western democracy.
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Qianfang X., (2017) “Book Review: Feng Tian-yu and Xie Gui-an (2003) Destructing Despotism: Research on Neo-people- oriented Thought in Late Ming & Early Qing Dynasty , Hubei, P.R.China: Hubei Publishing House, ISBN 7-216-03727-8 / D”, Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture 3(1). p.111-113. doi: https://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.22