1964–1976: Cultural Revolution

Tom Buchanan

in East Wind

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199570331
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741425 | DOI:
1964–1976: Cultural Revolution

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After 1964 many on the left in Britain became disenchanted with China. However, a core of supporters (including the British ‘Maoists’) grouped around the new Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding (SACU). The central figures in SACU were the sinologist Joseph Needham and the economist Joan Robinson. The chapter charts the development of this organisation during the Cultural Revolution (when Anglo-Chinese relations were again in crisis) and also looks at the proliferation of small ‘Maoist’ movements on the left in Britain. In concludes with a discussion of the period 1970–76, culminating with the death of Mao Tse-tung, when improved diplomatic and cultural relations between Britain and China reduced the role of the solidarity movements.

Keywords: SACU; Cultural Revolution; Joseph Needham; Joan Robinson; Maoism; Little Red Book

Chapter.  18195 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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