China's Red Guards Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

China's Red Guards
An overview of the activities and power of Communist China's Red Guards.
# 34806 | 1,150 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 30, 2003 in History (Asian) , Asian Studies (General)

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This paper examines and analyzes Communist China's Red Guards, and discusses how the Red Guards attracted worldwide attention while serving as an extreme model for the student rebellions in the West in the late nineteen-sixties. The paper explains that what attracted worldwide attention most of all was the massive scale of the group's activities; the Red Guards had immense power and possessed intense devotion to their cause. Furthermore, the paper reveals that there were over thirty-one million of them, and the overwhelming majority were fiercely devoted to Chairman Mao and utterly contemptuous of Chinese historical traditions. The paper notes that by 1976 a semblance of control had been restored over the People's Republic of China, much to the relief of the outside world, and the Red Guards faded into history.

From the Paper:

"In the mid-nineteen-sixties, the Cultural Revolution in the People's Republic of China was conceived and then implemented by Chairman Mao and his followers to regain control of the Chinese Communist Party from rivals. One of their most dramatic and ultimately destructive strategies was to use millions of naive but well-meaning middle-school students for political demonstrations and other activities on their behalf. These students, joined also by numbers of radicalized university students, became known as the Red Guards.
"In specific terms, tens of millions of these youthful Red Guards were encouraged by the Cultural Revolutionists in the Chinese Communist Party to become a nationwide political and social shock force whose task it was to relentlessly bombard the regular communist party headquarters in Beijing and those at the regional and provincial levels with criticism. Red Guard activities were promoted as a reflection of Mao's policy of rekindling revolutionary enthusiasm and destroying outdated, counterrevolutionary symbols and values. (MacFarquhar)"

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