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Mao's Last Revolution

Mao s Last Revolution The Cultural Revolution was a watershed event in the history of the People s Republic of China the defining decade of half a century of communist rule Before China was a typical communist state

  • Title: Mao's Last Revolution
  • Author: Roderick MacFarquhar Michael Schoenhals
  • ISBN: 9780674023321
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Cultural Revolution was a watershed event in the history of the People s Republic of China, the defining decade of half a century of communist rule Before 1966, China was a typical communist state, with a command economy and a powerful party able to keep the population under control But during the Cultural Revolution, in a move unprecedented in any communist country,The Cultural Revolution was a watershed event in the history of the People s Republic of China, the defining decade of half a century of communist rule Before 1966, China was a typical communist state, with a command economy and a powerful party able to keep the population under control But during the Cultural Revolution, in a move unprecedented in any communist country, Mao unleashed the Red Guards against the party Tens of thousands of officials were humiliated, tortured, and even killed Order had to be restored by the military, whose methods were often equally brutal.In a masterly book, Roderick MacFarquhar and Michael Schoenhals explain why Mao launched the Cultural Revolution, and show his Machiavellian role in masterminding it which Chinese publications conceal In often horrifying detail, they document the Hobbesian state that ensued The movement veered out of control and terror paralyzed the country Power struggles raged among Lin Biao, Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Qing Mao s wife and leader of the Gang of Four while Mao often played one against the other.After Mao s death, in reaction to the killing and the chaos, Deng Xiaoping led China into a reform era in which capitalism flourishes and the party has lost its former authority In its invaluable critical analysis of Chairman Mao and its brilliant portrait of a culture in turmoil, Mao s Last Revolution offers the most authoritative and compelling account to date of this seminal event in the history of China.

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    About "Roderick MacFarquhar Michael Schoenhals"

    1. Roderick MacFarquhar Michael Schoenhals

      Roderick Lemonde MacFarquhar is a Harvard University professor and China specialist, British politician, newspaper and television journalist and academic orientalist.

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    1. This volume is the fourth by MacFarquhar on the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. It is a restatement and conclusion of his previous work, but also uses new sources from opened archives, confession letters, internal correspondence, meetings of minutes, and sometimes scraps of paper salvaged from waste paper sellers. The Cultural Revolution is still one of the most inscrutable events of the Maoist era. From 1966 until Mao's death in 1976, the country entered a period of self-flagellation. Ma [...]


    2. his last revolution was just the sprouting of the ultimate seed of his evil legacy. i think it was just a poisonous curse for centurieson this miserable and blind nationCONFUCTMAS!!


    3. I had no idea.Everyone knows about Mao. He's on all the RMB notes, the Beatles sing about him, his face is now emblazoned on the ironic t-shirts of liberal arts students across the world. He is everywhere in China.Like all dictators, you get the idea that he was officially a great man and unofficially a real son of a bitch. It is commonplace, when discussing dictators, to hear "pragmatic, realpolitik" opinions about the positive economic or political impact of these leaders. Not all bad, one is [...]


    4. On a subject like the Cultural Reovlution, one doesn't expect to find much decent material. The secrecy of China, their attempts to sweep Mao's evil beneath a rug, and the lack of English sources that covered the events make the subject somewhat bleak for those interested. Roderick MacFarquhar, in this book, has written easily the most in depth, and interesting book on the subject. To immerse yourself in the world of Post Revolution China, for even an avid amateur historian like myself, can be o [...]


    5. I am actually reviewing my markings in this book. It is a daunting project to start reading,but SO GOOD. The authors are highly respected historians who thought they could produce a book on the cultural revolution in 2 years or so. Ten years later this volume came out. In part the delay was that when it was known they were writing, more and more material was given to them. This book truly changes, deepens, informs one's understanding of the development of the cultural revolution, the influence o [...]


    6. Mao's Last Revolution is the first academic-level full exploration of the Cultural Revolution. It's depth and level of insight is staggering. The authors have made full use of sources as recent as Jung Chang and Jon Halliday's Mao: The Unknown Story as well as recently opened archives in China. I think it would have been helpful to have a detailed timeline (I almost started making one to keep things straight). I greatly appreciated the glossary of names included in the back. I would not recommen [...]



    7. I find this book too detailed with chronological events, and not helpful in understanding the cultural revolution.For an understanding of why the cultural revolution took place, I recommend Han Suyin's "The morning deluge" published in 1972, and Robert Tay Lifton's "Revolutionary immortality: Mao Tse-tung and the chinese revolution".Its interesting to know that MacFarquhar had not been to China, and Schoenhals was there only once for a year. In contrast, Han Suyin was born in China, lived in Chi [...]


    8. I was looking for a general overview, social as well as political, of the Cultural Revolution, but this book focused a lot on the details and little on the background and the big picture.I have Roderick MacFarquhar's Origins of the Cultural Revolution (3 vols) on the shelf, but I thought I'll begin with this one. I was expecting more background and introduction before the authors' jump into the Cultural Revolution itself, but they jumped straight into it. So for a reader like me who's not that a [...]


    9. I could not see the forest for the trees. Recommended only for those who already have a good idea of what the forest looks like. The level of detail (sometimes day-by-day) was excruciating but so was the story of institutionalized madness it told. The people surrounding Mao spoke of "working towards" him--why? Because while everyone wanted to do and say as he wished, they mostly couldn't figure out what that was especially as it regularly changed. Without exaggeration, sometimes black was black [...]


    10. This book is surprisingly detailed. Even to a Native Chinese like me, this book had been an eye openner to the Chinese Politics and History.It did jot back some memories of food rationing during parents days and the massive scale of telecast on Deng's funeral.The book gives me a new understanding on the broughtup of the 60s generation,as well as the spill-over effect of the Cultural Revolution.This book may be overly detailed to absorb for people who had never heard of names like Mao,Deng and Zh [...]


    11. -Tragicomedia de horror naif, y además real.-Género. Historia.Lo que nos cuenta. Narración de los hechos conocidos como La Revolución Cultural que, durante una época, supusieron un latigazo al devenir de la China de Mao pero que marcaron su futuro hasta el país que conocemos en la actualidad.¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite:librosdeolethros/


    12. A history of the Cultural Revolution in which the authors do a fine job navigating the labyrinth of Chinese politics. They also show how the C.R. undermined Maoist ideology and paved the way for Deng's reforms. What's missing is the impact and practice of the Cultural Revolution on Chinese society but that is outside the scope of this text.


    13. Want to learn about one of the most complicated political structures in recent memory? Read this book. You will learn how power struggles can cause millions to be injured or die, based on misconceptions of power structures and how the public of any nation can be swept up into a furor over any issue or any time."monsters and freaks"


    14. It is clear the writers have done their homework on the Culture Revolution, and this book made me appreciate what a terrible time that was in China. But like a lot of academic books, its writing leaves a lot to be desired.


    15. Damned interesting, but way too detailed for my level of understanding. LOTS of sociopolitical dynamics in play. You need to be an avid scholar to contextualize this stuff. The chronology jumps around like a Quentin Tarantino plotline. I did learn one thing, however: Communism sucks.


    16. The best general account of the Cultural Revolution out there. This book really brings to light the widespread, neighbor on neighbor, in-your-face violence and killing that characterized so much of Mao's ideologically driven movement of social chaos. Definitely worth a read least one.


    17. A thorough, if somewhat dry, look at the Cultural Revolution. The big plus is that it draws primarily on Chinese sources and accounts, the dullness of historical completeness is punctuated by eye witness accounts of the horrible things that happened.




    18. Extremely engrossing and meticulously researched. An invaluable resource for those of us fascinated with the Mao era in China.





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