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The The Origins of the Cultural Revolution : The Origins of the Cultural Revolution Coming of the Cataclysm 1961-1966 v. 3 - Roderick MacFarquhar

The The Origins of the Cultural Revolution

The Origins of the Cultural Revolution Coming of the Cataclysm 1961-1966 v. 3

Paperback Published: 23rd November 1999
ISBN: 9780231110839
Number Of Pages: 480
For Ages: 22+ years old

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This is the final volume in a trilogy that examines the politics, personalities, economics, culture, and international relations of China from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. It seeks to answer the central question: Why did Chairman Mao Zedong launch the Cultural Revolution (1966--76), which plunged China into chaos and almost destroyed its Communist Party?

"The Coming of the Cataclysm" starts with the great famine of the early 1960s, which resulted in tens of millions of deaths and set in train a series of emergency measures that increasingly divided Mao from his comrades-in-arms. His anger that they were prepared to adopt "capitalist" methods to rescue the country was sharpened by his belief that Moscow had actually gone capitalist and sold out to the "imperialist" West. From 1961 to 1966, the period covered by this volume, the increasingly urgent question for Mao was how to prevent a similar revolutionary degeneration in China. The Cultural Revolution was his answer.

Drawing upon new evidence from Party documents, personal interviews, books, and journals, MacFarquhar details the growing rift between Mao and his colleagues as they attempted to cope with domestic privation and an increasingly hostile international environment -- until the Chairman finally decided to smash the unity of the Yan'an Round Table by unleashing society against the party-state.

An awe-inspiring work of historical scholarship... MacFarquhar has exposed the inner workings of Mao's China with a depth of detail that raises the standards for Sinological research. -- Lucien W. Pye Harvard Magazine With this volume, Roderick MacFarquhar completes his monumental trilogy on the origins of the Cultural Revolution in China. The volume...surpasses the earlier efforts and marks the probable definitive treatment of Chinese elite political history until CCP archives become fully available. Journal of Asian Studies All in all, readers from several disciplines will welcome the appearance of this volume by one of the most dedicated China watchers. Meanwhile we look forward to the author's collaborative work on the Cultural Revolution itself. -- Dali Yang, University of Chicago China Review International A mighty and eloquent work. -- Jonathan Mirsky New York Review of Books This great intellectual effort, under the auspices of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, has taken more than 25 years to complete, and has produced the most sparkling gem of modern Sinology... MacFarquhar's careful but devastating prose and his insights make... other books seem shallow by comparison. The Economist

List of Tablesp. xiii
List of Platesp. xv
Abbreviationsp. xvi
Introductionp. 1
Birth and Death Ratesp. 7
The Third Bitter Year
The Central Committee's Ninth Plenump. 11
Emergency Measuresp. 23
A New Course in the Countrysidep. 39
A Plethora of Plansp. 72
Reds and Expertsp. 90
China's Isolationp. 121
False Dawn
The Seven Thousand Cadres Conferencep. 137
The Changguanlou Incidentp. 182
Economic Crunchp. 184
The Dispute over Collectivizationp. 209
Resuscitating the United Frontp. 234
The Curious Case of the 'Three-Family Village'p. 249
Class Struggle
Mao Changes the Signalsp. 261
War in the Himalayas, Crisis in the Caribbeanp. 297
Mao in Chargep. 324
Comparative Dictatorial Roles and Stylesp. 331
The Socialist Education Movementp. 334
The Sino-Soviet Rupture and the Vietnam Warp. 349
The End of the Yan'an Round Table
Woman Warriorp. 381
From Grey Eminence to Red Leaderp. 399
Mao Stoops to Conquerp. 431
The Coming of the Cataclysmp. 461
Conclusionsp. 466
Abbreviations used in the Notesp. 474
Notesp. 479
Bibliographyp. 657
Indexp. 701
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ISBN: 9780231110839
ISBN-10: 0231110839
Series: Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University : Book 3
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 23rd November 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 4.57
Weight (kg): 0.93