The Curious Case of the ‘Three-Family Village’

Roderick MacFarquhar

in The Origins of the Cultural Revolution

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780192149978
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670084 | DOI:
The Curious Case of the ‘Three-Family Village’

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This chapter examines the case of the so-called Three-Family Village in relation of Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution in China. This case involved a trio of senior party propagandists, Deng Tuo, Wu Han, and Liao Mosha, who were accused of unleashing a series of bitter if veiled attacks on Mao and his policies. This chapter evaluates the works of the three journalists and suggests that there is not sufficient reason for retrospectively making the Three-Family Village a cause celebre at the outset of the Cultural Revolution.

Keywords: Three-Family Village; Cultural Revolution; Mao Zedong; Deng Tuo; Wu Han; Liao Mosha; political history; China

Chapter.  4359 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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