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The Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989


The Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 (Perspectives on Modern World History)
By Jeff Hay
Number Of Pages: 192
Publication Date: 2010-02-19
ISBN-10 / ASIN: 073774796X
ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780737747966

The book offers multiple perspectives on momentous events. This volume introduces and provides a brief overview of major factors that contributed to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 in China.

On June 5, 1989, the world's attention was riveted by photographs and film footage of an incident that had just taken place on Chang'an Avenue in Beijing, China. There, on that wide street outside the city’s Tiananmen Square, a single, unarmed man was photographed standing in front of a line of the heavy tanks of China's People's Liberation Army. Apparently, this one man had, by himself, stopped the movement of the tanks, sent into action by a Chinese government seeking to take control of a city divided by protests. The pictures of this "Tank Man" remain among the most vivid images of the pro-democracy protests in Communist China in 1989, and the man himself was later deemed by Time magazine to be one of the 100 most influential people of the twentieth century.

The Tiananmen Square protests lasted for seven weeks and received widespread attention around the world. Although the protesters had little in the way of a specific program of reforms to advocate, their youth and apparent willingness to sacrifice garnered a great deal of sympathy.

The greatest number of victims of the crackdown were apparently nonstudents, ordinary Chinese people who engaged in their own protests, angry at their government for being so ready to use overwhelming force against students. Among them may well have been the “Tank Man” of June 5. His specific identity, as well as his ultimate fate, remains unknown. He may still live freely, or he may have been one of the hundreds, if not thousands, of Chinese people killed or imprisoned in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests.

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