Mao's Forgotten Successor: The Political Career of Hua Guofeng

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This book examines the political career of Hua Guofeng, Mao's successor as paramount leader in 1976. Hua emerged seemingly out of nowhere following an unexceptional career as a young revolutionary in Shanxi and a provincial official in Hunan. It was in Human that Hua became well-known to Mao, and Hua's loyalty to Mao while he was there, just when Mao needed it most, helped to facilitate Hua's later ascent to power. On emerging as paramount leader, Hua moved quickly to arrest his opponents, the Gang of Four. As ...

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This book examines the political career of Hua Guofeng, Mao's successor as paramount leader in 1976. Hua emerged seemingly out of nowhere following an unexceptional career as a young revolutionary in Shanxi and a provincial official in Hunan. It was in Human that Hua became well-known to Mao, and Hua's loyalty to Mao while he was there, just when Mao needed it most, helped to facilitate Hua's later ascent to power. On emerging as paramount leader, Hua moved quickly to arrest his opponents, the Gang of Four. As head of party, state and military, Hua looked well set to remain in power indefinitely. Just over two years later Hua was eclipsed by Deng Xiaoping, a more politically shrewd, progressive and charismatic figure, with a political legacy that far outweighed Hua's modest beginnings. If Hua's rise to power was remarkable, then his fall was even more so.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230542471
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT WEATHERLEY is an Associate of the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK. He is also a Lawyer with the English law firm Mills& Reeve LLP, and heads the firm's China group. He is the author of The Discourse of Human Rights in China (Palgrave Macmillan, 1999) and Politics in China since 1949.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures viii

Acknowledgements ix

List of Abbreviations x

Introduction 1

1 The Young Revolutionary: Hua in Shanxi (1921-49) 20

2 Towards Rural Reform: Hua in Hunan (1949-57) 43

3 The Great Leap Forward and the Post-Leap Recovery Period: Hua in Hunan (1958-65) 69

4 The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution: Hua in Hunan (1966-70) 92

5 Entering the Centre: Hua in Beijing (1971-6) 112

6 The Return of Deng Xiaoping: Hua in Decline (1977-80) 141

Conclusion 168

Notes 177

Bibliography 183

Index 192

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