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The Power of TiananmenState-Society Relations and the 1989 Beijing Student Movement$
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Dingxin Zhao

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226982601

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226982625.001.0001

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A Brief History of the 1989 Movement

A Brief History of the 1989 Movement

(p.145) Six A Brief History of the 1989 Movement
The Power of Tiananmen

Dingxin Zhao

University of Chicago Press

Before analyzing how state-society relations contributed to the development of the 1989 Beijing Student Movement in China, it is important to know more precisely how the movement unfolded. This chapter offers a narrative of the movement, chronologically arranged into four major sections which correspond to the movement's major periods. This narrative does more, however, than just give a general description of the movement. It highlights a few major events and issues that were important to the development of the movement but that nevertheless have not received enough attention in previous writing. In addition, it focuses on the contingencies that also shaped the 1989 Movement, such as Hu Yaobang's sudden death, the three students kneeling in Tiananmen Square, the conflict and lack of communication among student activists before the hunger strike, the hunger strike, and the arrival of large numbers of students from other cities in Beijing.

Keywords:   1989 Beijing Student Movement, Hu Yaobang, Tiananmen Square, students, hunger strike, Beijing, China

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