Chairman Mao Badges: Symbols and Slogans of the Cultural Revolution

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Millions of Chairman Mao badges were produced during China's Cultural Revolution, and were worn by almost all Chinese people, from Premier Zhou Enlai down to the smallest child. Made in a wide variety of materials (aluminium, plastic, bamboo, porcelain, gold, silver, copper, iron and lead) and with an extensive range of shapes, sizes and designs, they immediately became collectors' items. To give an idea of scale, in China today serious collections start at 10,000 different Mao badges. This catalogue starts with the modest collection of 300 Mao badges at the British Museum. It is the first serious catalogue of its kind in a Western language. While Chinese catalogues assume an extensive prior knowledge of Chinese revolutionary history, this new English catalogue is designed for the beginner and specialist alike, offering a narrative history, as well as extensive glossaries of the symbolic imagery and slogans found on the badges.

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The Badger Newsletter 177
More than merely a book about badges - she has covered a complex subject in a succinct and user friendly way. If you are at all interested in China and the Cultural Revolution then I can only recommend that you get hold of this book.'
Medal News
for those who are interested in and collect this kind of thing, it will be a necessity for their bookshelves.'
Art Newsletter
A very impressive accomplishment…formed and arranged…makes a difficult and complicated subject accessible.'
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Table of Contents

Guide to Chinese characters, romanisation and special terminology

Pt. 1 The background

Ch. 1 Chinese badges before the Cultural Revolution 3

Ch. 2 Mao badges as part of the milieu of the Cultural Revolution 7

Pt. 2 Mao badges of the Cultural Revolution

Ch. 3 Mao badges - outline history 19

Ch. 4 Mao badges - materials and manufacture 23

Ch. 5 Mao badges - visual imagery and inscriptions 29

Pt. 3 Catalogue of Mao badges in the British Museum

Guide to the catalogue 51

Catalogue of Mao badges in the British Museum 53

Pt. 4 Appendices

App. 1 Portraits of Mao on badges before the Cultural Revolution 83

App. 2 Portraits of Mao on postage stamps 87

App. 3 Quotations from Mao Zedong 90

App. 4 Poems by Mao Zedong 91

App. 5 Selected works by Mao Zedong 92

App. 6 Radio schedules, April 1967 98

App. 7 Revolutionary songs 101

Glossary

English to Chinese 113

Chinese to English 150

Bibliography 155

Plates 160

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