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Mao in Charge

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/9780192149978.003.0015
Mao in Charge

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This chapter examines Mao Zedong's reassertion of control over the main lines of foreign and domestic policy in the second half of 1962. During this period, Mao started to form an informal cabinet to assist him, an ad hoc coalition of trusted supporters like Kang Sheng, which would become a truly anti-party group when the Cultural Revolution was launched. The adoption of this extra-bureaucratic approach was based on the belief that the Communist Party's machinery was no longer loyal to Mao and that it no longer shared his vision.

Keywords: Mao Zedong; foreign policy; domestic policy; Kang Sheng; Cultural Revolution; Communist Party; political history; China

Chapter.  3826 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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