“presumptuous Guests Usurp the Hosts”: Dissemination and Participation, 1971–1978

Sigrid Schmalzer

in The People's Peking Man

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226738598
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226738611 | DOI:
“presumptuous Guests Usurp the Hosts”: Dissemination and Participation, 1971–1978

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Historical accounts of science in twentieth-century China typically have little good to say of the Cultural Revolution—and often little at all. Perhaps even more than in other fields, the Cultural Revolution in science is seen as a ten-year gap, a time when political struggles interfered with or even put a stop entirely to scientific work. This chapter examines the stated goals and methods of Cultural Revolution-era “mass science” in order to assess the degree to which popular science lived up to its goals.

Keywords: Cultural Revolution; mass science; popular science

Chapter.  15488 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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