The Cultural Revolution in China
A study of the last ten years of Mao's rule over Communist China, focusing on the domestic struggles and violent destruction of this era.
# 86055 | 2,250 words | 5 sources | 2005 |
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Anthropology (Asian) , History (Asian) , History (Leaders) , Political Science (Communism) , History (General)
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A review of Communist China under the leadership of Mao, focusing specifically on the years 1966 to 1976. According to this paper, these ten years where possibly the most violent and unstable eras in the history of China. These ten years saw intense internal political struggle and horrific destruction.
From the Paper:"The last ten years of Mao's leadership of Communist China, from 1966 to 1976, was arguably one of the most violent and tumultuous periods in Chinese history. It was a decade in which the people of China were literally encouraged by its leader to rise up against the ruling class and take back control over domestic and foreign policy. It was a period of intense domestic political struggle as well as "appalling destruction" (Fairbank 383). In an effort to cleanse the nation of foreign influence and the trappings of the past - all of which were felt to undermine the egalitarian principles of Mao' communist vision - China quite literally tore itself apart. During the Cultural Revolution, as that period came to be known, Mao gave his support to the leftist radicals within the communist government (Wakeman par. 194). "
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