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The Cultural Revolution : a people's history, 1962-1976 / Frank Dikötter.

Dikötter, Frank, author. (Author).
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Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch 951.056 DIKOTTER (Text) 33946003116931 Nonfiction . 2nd Floor Available -

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  • ISBN: 1632864215
  • ISBN: 9781632864215
  • Physical Description: xxv, 396 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2016.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [323]-379) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Part one: The early years (1962-1966). Two dictators ; Never forget class struggle ; War on the cultural front ; Clique of four -- Part two: The Red years (1966-1968). Poster wars ; Red August ; Destroying the old world ; Mao cult ; Linking up ; Rebels and royalists ; Enter the Army ; The arms race ; Quenching the fires -- Part three: The black years (1968-1971). Cleansing the ranks ; Up the mountains, down to the villages ; Preparing for war ; Learning from Dazhai ; More purges ; Fall of an heir -- Part four: The grey years (1971-1976). Recovery ; The silent revolution ; The second society ; Reversals ; Aftermath.
Summary, etc.: After the economic disaster of the Great Leap Forward claimed tens of millions of lives from 1958-1962, an aging Mao Zedong launched an ambitious scheme to shore up his reputation and eliminate those he viewed as a threat to his legacy. The stated goal of the Cultural Revolution was to purge the country of bourgeois, capitalist elements he claimed were threatening genuine communist ideology. Young students formed the Red Guards, vowing to defend the Chairman to the death, but soon rival factions started fighting each other in the streets with semiautomatic weapons in the name of revolutionary purity. As the country descended into chaos, the military intervened, turning China into a garrison state marked by bloody purges that crushed as many as one in fifty people. This book draws for the first time on hundreds of previously classified party documents, from secret police reports to unexpurgated versions of leadership speeches. Frank Dikötter uses this wealth of material to undermine the picture of complete conformity that is often supposed to have characterized the last years of the Mao era. After the army itself fell victim to the Cultural Revolution, ordinary people used the political chaos to resurrect the market and hollow out the party's ideology. In short, they buried Maoism. By showing how economic reform from below was an unintended consequence of a decade of violent purges and entrenched fear, Dikötter casts China's most tumultuous era in a wholly new light.--Adapted from dust jacket.
Subject: China > History > Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976.
China > History > Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976 > Atrocities.
China > History > Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976 > Personal narratives.
Genre: Personal narratives.

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