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The Coming of the Cataclysm

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/9780192149978.003.0021
The Coming of the Cataclysm

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This chapter examines the stages in the development of the Cultural Revolution in China. The first stage was set in May 1966 in Beijing where Mao Zedong was working behind the scenes. It was Kang Sheng's wife Cao Yiou who persuaded Peking University teachers to denounce university administrators, which started a series of demonstrations. This was followed by the public appearance of Mao in July 1966, his meeting with leftist leaders, and his decision in the eleventh Plenum to rule without restraint. A crucial tactical element in Mao's game plan was the differential treatment of Liu Shaoqi and Deng Xiaoping.

Keywords: Cultural Revolution; China; Mao Zedong; Kang Sheng; Cao Yiou; Liu Shaoqi; Deng Xiaoping; political history

Chapter.  1678 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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