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Historical Legacies and Leaders’ Worldviews: Communist Party History and Xi’s Learned (and Unlearned) Lessons

Joseph Torigian
p. 7-15

Abstract

Political scientists have found that early life experiences powerfully affect future leaders. Drawing on a variety of sources, this article investigates the formative role of Xi Jinping’s youth during a tumultuous time period in Chinese history. Xi’s life before and during the Cultural Revolution help explain his toughness, idealism, pragmatism, and caution. However, the evidence on how Xi’s childhood and young adulthood shaped his view on how to best handle political contradictions is ambiguous.

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References

Bibliographical reference

Joseph Torigian, « Historical Legacies and Leaders’ Worldviews: Communist Party History and Xi’s Learned (and Unlearned) Lessons », China Perspectives, 2018/1-2 | 2018, 7-15.

Electronic reference

Joseph Torigian, « Historical Legacies and Leaders’ Worldviews: Communist Party History and Xi’s Learned (and Unlearned) Lessons », China Perspectives [Online], 2018/1-2 | 2018, Online since 01 June 2018, connection on 09 July 2020. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/chinaperspectives/7548 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/chinaperspectives.7548

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About the author

Joseph Torigian

Joseph Torigian is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.Princeton University, Bendheim Hall, Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (torigian@princeton.edu).

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