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The Cultural Revolution: A Very Short…

The Cultural Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

by Richard Curt Kraus

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The Oxford Short Introduction series is always a reliable and delightful starting point to explore a new area of knowledge. The short introduction to the Chinese Cultural Revolution written by Richard Kraus is a book of such kind, offering a concise but informative entry to the historical event, from a western scholarly perspective. ( )
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China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution shook the politics of China and the world between 1966 and 1976.  (Preface)
China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution sprang to life in May 1966 and lasted through the death of Mao Zedong in 1976.
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China's decade-long Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution shook the politics of China and the world. Even as we approach its fiftieth anniversary, the movement remains so contentious that the Chinese Communist Party still forbids fully open investigation of its origins, development, and conclusion. Drawing upon a vital trove of scholarship, memoirs, and popular culture, this Very Short Introduction illuminates this complex, often obscure, and still controversial movement. Moving beyond the figure of Mao Zedong, Richard Curt Kraus links Beijing's elite politics to broader aspects of society and culture, highlighting many changes in daily life, employment, and the economy. Kraus also situates this very nationalist outburst of Chinese radicalism within a global context, showing that the Cultural Revolution was mirrored in the radical youth movement that swept much of the world, and that had imagined or emotional links to China's red guards. Yet it was also during the Cultural Revolution that China and the United States tempered their long hostility, one of the innovations in this period that sowed the seeds for China's subsequent decades of spectacular economic growth.

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