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The Origins of the Cultural Revolution: The Coming of the Cataclysm, 1961-1966

The Origins of the Cultural Revolution: The Coming of the Cataclysm, 1961-1966

by Roderick MacFarquhar
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ISBN-13: 9780231110839
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/23/1999
Series: Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Roderick MacFarquhar, a former British Member of Parliament, is Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science at Harvard, chairman of its Government Department, and a research associate of the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research.

Table of Contents

I: The Third Bitter Year
1. The Central Committe's Ninth Plenum
2. Emergency Measures
3. A New Course in the Countryside
4. A Plethora of Plans
5. Reds and Experts
6. China's Isolation
II: False Down
7. The Seven Thousand Cadres Conference
8. Economic Crunch
9. The Dispute over Collectivization
10. Resuscitating the United Front
11. The Curious Case of the 'Three-Family Village'
III: Class Struggle
12. Mao Changes the Signals
13. War in the Himalayas, Crisis in the Caribbean
14. Mao in Charge
15. The Socialist Education Movement
16. The Sino-Soviet Rupture and the Vietnam War
IV: The End of the Yan'an Round Table
17. Woman Warrior
18. From Grey Eminence to Red Leader
19. Mao Stoops to Conquer
20. The Coming of the Cataclysm

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Andrew J. Nathan

This is a distinguished book. Finding his way beneath the protective formulas PRC bureaucrats used to say things, MacFarquhar places back into historical context what was taken out of context and criticized in the Cultural Revolution. Together, the three volumes are the most detailed, reliable, astute history [of this period] available of Chinese elite any language.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book as well as the other two volumes of this series utilizes the author's penchance for trying to assume what China's leaders were thinking. The book would have been stronger if the author had not inserted what he thinks China's leaders thought as if he knew for sure. In other words, there is too much guessing in this book by the author wihtout a sound triangulation to support his conclusions.