‘Realistic Revolution changes our understanding of Chinese conservatism in the post-Mao period. Based on a comprehensive and critical reading of Chinese thinkers and writers, van Dongen brings to life the Chinese critique of radicalism during the critical years after Tiananmen. Lucidly written, acutely analytical, this is a wonderfully rewarding read.'
Timothy Cheek - University of British Columbia
'Shocked by the violence of Tiananmen and the collapse of the Soviet Union, China’s intellectuals began exploring the roots of radicalism and the meaning - or usefulness - of conservatism. In this carefully researched and wonderfully written book, van Dongen excavates the international conversation that unfolded over the next decade. This book should be in every class on contemporary China.'
Joseph Fewsmith - Boston University
‘Van Dongen’s study is … most timely and vital for readers interested in China’s conservative tradition. In additional to her sophisticated close readings and historical analysis, the short biographies that conclude the book form a brilliant primer to the movers and shakers of intellectual discourse in the Chinese-speaking world.’
Source: Modern Chinese Literature and Culture