China's Cultural Revolution, 1966-1969: Not a Dinner Party

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Michael Schoenhals
M.E. Sharpe, Jan 1, 1996 - History - 400 pages
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Mao Zedong launched the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution thirty years ago. This important new documentary history of that calamitous event presents a selection of key primary documents -- many of which are made available here for the first time -- dealing with the Cultural Revolution's massive and bloody assault on China's political and social systems.

Comprehensive in scope, this detailed work
--covers inter alia the launching of the movement, the Red Guards, the inquisition of party members accused of taking the capitalist road, and the devastating impact of these events on traditional culture, the economy, and China's national defense
--offers a section of recollections by victims and perpetrators
--enhances the documents with detailed commentary, a chronology, biographies, and photographs.

  

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Contents

A Pronouncements by Members of the CCP Leadership
3
Why a Cultural Revolution?
9
Mao Zedong Thought Is the Sole Criterion of Truth
27
Decision Concerning the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution
33
In Praise of the Red Guards
43
Regulations on Strengthening Public Security Work in
49
Public Notice Banning Nationwide Organizations
54
Learn from the Liberation Army in Political Work
65
Making Rebellion
137
Proletarian Dictatorship and Proletarian Extensive Democracy
150
As We Watched Them Beat Him
166
Official Verdicts
291
On the Appropriate Handling of Materials Related to Unjust
304
Regulations Governing the Publication of Books about
310
Childhood without Toys
326
Burning Books
327

Notification Concerning the Resumption of Classes to Make
75
Opinions and Questions Concerning the Reconsolidation
81
Purging the Party
93
Wang Guangmei
101
On Case Examination Work
116
Letter to Chen Yun Deng Xiaoping and Hu Yaobang
354
Biographical Sketches
373
Further Readings
387
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Professor Michael Schoenhals has researched the politics and history of the People's Republic of China for more than twenty-five years. Now at Lund University, his publications on the subject include Doing Things With Words in Chinese Politics: Five Studies (1992) and, with Roderick MacFarquhar, Mao's Last Revolution (2006). In 2003, the Swedish Research Council awarded him the prestigious 'researcher of excellence' title.

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