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The Origins of the Cultural Revolution: Volume 3: The Coming of the Cataclysm 1961-1966

Roderick MacFarquhar


This is the final volume in a trilogy which examines the politics, personalities, economics, culture, and international relations of China from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. The book uses a multitude of new Chinese sources to answer the question: Why did Chairman Mao Zedong launch the Cultural Revolution which plunged China into chaos and almost destroyed its Communist Party? This book begins with the great famine of the early 1960s, which resulted in tens of millions of deaths, setting in train a series of emergency measures which increasingly divided Mao from his comrades-in-arms. The Chai ... More

Keywords: China, Chairman Mao Zedong, Cultural Revolution, Communist Party, great famine, Moscow, Red Guards, Deng Xiaoping

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780192149978
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192149978.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roderick MacFarquhar, author
Harvard University