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Introduction

Roderick MacFarquhar

in The Origins of the Cultural Revolution

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780192149978
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670084 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192149978.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the political, economic, cultural, and international factors that influenced Chinese Communist Party (CCP) chairman Mao Zedong to launch the Cultural Revolution. This book chronicles how Mao came to focus upon the nation's spiritual metamorphosis after having failed in the material transformation of China. It attempts to explain why Mao decided to tear down and rebuild a regime that he had done so much to create. It discusses the failure of the Great Leap Forward (GLF) and Mao's conflict with Soviet Union Communist Party First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev.

Keywords: Cultural Revolution; Mao Zedong; spiritual metamorphosis; GLF; China; political history

Chapter.  3211 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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