Mao's Last Revolution

ISBN-10: 0674027485

ISBN-13: 9780674027480

Edition: 2006

Authors: Roderick MacFarquhar, Michael Schoenhals

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The Cultural Revolution was a watershed event in the history of the People's Republic of China, the defining decade of half a century of communist rule. Before 1966, China was a typical communist state, with a command economy and a powerful party able to keep the population under control. But during the Cultural Revolution, in a move unprecedented in any communist country, Mao unleashed the Red Guards against the party. Tens of thousands of officials were humiliated, tortured, and even killed. Order had to be restored by the military, whose methods were often equally brutal. In a masterly book, Roderick MacFarquhar and Michael Schoenhals explain why Mao launched the Cultural Revolution, and show his Machiavellian role in masterminding it (which Chinese publications conceal). In often horrifying detail, they document the Hobbesian state that ensued. The movement veered out of control and terror paralyzed the country. Power struggles raged among Lin Biao, Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Qing--Mao's wife and leader of the Gang of Four--while Mao often played one against the other. After Mao's death, in reaction to the killing and the chaos, Deng Xiaoping led China into a reform era in which capitalism flourishes and the party has lost its former authority. In its invaluable critical analysis of Chairman Mao and its brilliant portrait of a culture in turmoil, Mao's Last Revolution offers the most authoritative and compelling account to date of this seminal event in the history of China.
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Book details

List price: $28.50
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 752
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

Michael Schoenhals is Professor of Chinese at Chinese Lund University, Sweden.

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
The First Salvos
The Siege of Beijing
Confusion on Campuses
The Fifty Days
Mao's New Successor
The Red Guards
Red Terror
Confusion Nationwide
Shanghai's "January Storm"
Seizing Power
The Last Stand of the Old Guard
The Wuhan Incident
The May 16 Conspiracy
The End of the Red Guards
Cleansing the Class Ranks
Dispatching Liu Shaoqi
The Congress of Victors
War Scares
The Defection and Death of Lin Biao
Mao Becalmed
Zhou under Pressure
Deng Xiaoping Takes Over
The Gang of Four Emerges
The Tiananmen Incident of 1976
The Last Days of Chairman Mao
Conclusion
Glossary of Names and Identities
A Note on Sources
Notes
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index
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