The Origins of the Cultural Revolution: The Coming of the Cataclysm, 1961-1966 available in Paperback
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 environmentuntil the Chairman finally decided to smash the unity of the Yan'an Round Table by unleashing society against the party-state.
|Publisher:||Columbia University Press|
|Series:||Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of ContentsI: 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
What People are Saying About This
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 politics...in any language.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.