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Hua Guofeng

(1921—2008)

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Deng Xiaoping

Overview page. Subjects: Politics — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(b. Aug. 1904, d. 19 Feb. 1997).

Chinese leader 1978–97

Early career

Born at Guang'an (Sichuan), he studied with Zhou Enlai in France (1920–5), where he joined...

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Gang of Four

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — World History.

Four radical Chinese leaders. Jiang Qing, Mao Zedong's fourth wife, Wang Hongwen, Yao Wenyuan, and Zhang Chungqiao all rose to prominence during the Cultural Revolution, with a power base...

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Jiang Qing

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(b. 1914, d. 14 May 1991).

Wife of Mao Zedong Born at Chucheng (Shantung province), she became an actress in Shanghai, where she was rumoured to have had a string of affairs with...

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Mao Zedong

Overview page. Subjects: Politics — History.

(1893–1976)

Chinese statesman, chairman of the Communist Party of the Chinese People's Republic (1949–76) and head of state (1949–59). After studying Marxism as a student he was...

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