Resuscitating the United Front

Roderick MacFarquhar

in The Origins of the Cultural Revolution

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780192149978
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670084 | DOI:
Resuscitating the United Front

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This chapter discusses the opinion of Deng Zihui, member of the CCP's Central Committee, on collectivization as a way to stimulate agriculture. It suggests that Zihui's outspokenness on the issue reflected not only his own courage but also the general amelioration of the political atmosphere that had taken place after the Seven Thousand Cadres Conference. The combination of economic necessity and political change led Chinese leaders to revalidate the expert and try to coax a hundred new followers to bloom, which led to the revival of the united front policies.

Keywords: Deng Zihui; collectivization; agricultural policy; China; united front; political change; economic necessity

Chapter.  6260 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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