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ISBN13: 9780674023321
ISBN10: 0674023323
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"Roderick MacFarquhar and Michael Schoenhals have performed a great service in providing a masterful history of this important — and puzzling — event....MacFarquhar and Schoenhals have respected the limits of their data, and have more scrupulously left Mao an enigma." Andrew J. Nathan, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

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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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"It has been enthralling to read Roderick MacFarquhar and Michael Schoenhals' exhaustively researched new book on China's Cultural Revolution — a sensation akin to returning to a Chinese painting in which a mist-shrouded landscape has miraculously cleared to reveal what was obscured beyond. While it was not difficult to feel the tension, even the fear, aloft in the land when I reported from Mao Zedong's... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"[MacFarquhar and Schoenhals's] account is authoritative, and presented with powerful narrative sweep.... They deftly guide the reader....And through all that, the authors note the impact of events on ordinary citizens." Boston Globe

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"While the authors present a painstakingly detailed account of interactions among the top leaders and their proxies in Beijing...they leave many of the most significant questions for the sociologists, political scientists and the Chinese people themselves." Judith Shapiro, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[A] fascinating study of Mao's colossal, yet cunning, misadventure. But it may leave some readers fatigued, with too many faceless names and a narrative that is at times chronologically disjointed. The introduction and conclusion, however, offer context and much food for thought." The Christian Science Monitor

Synopsis:

In a masterly book, Roderick MacFarquhar and Michael Schoenhals explain why Mao launched the Cultural Revolution, and show his Machiavellian role in masterminding it. In often horrifying detail, they document the Hobbesian state that ensued. 57 halftone photos.

About the Author

Roderick MacFarquhar is Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science, and Professor of Government, Harvard University.

Michael Schoenhals is Senior Lecturer in Modern Chinese Society at Lund University, Sweden.

Table of Contents

Preface

Abbreviations

Introduction

1. The First Salvos

2. The Siege of Beijing

3. Confusion on Campuses

4. The Fifty Days

5. Mao's New Successor

6. The Red Guards

7. Red Terror

8. Confusion Nationwide

9. Shanghai's "January Storm"

10. Seizing Power

11. The Last Stand of the Old Guard

12. The Wuhan Incident

13. The May 16 Conspiracy

14. The End of the Red Guards

15. Cleansing the Class Ranks

16. Dispatching Liu Shaoqi

17. The Congress of Victors

18. War Scares

19. The Defection and Death of Lin Biao

20. Mao Becalmed

21. Zhou under Pressure

22. Deng Xiaoping Takes Over

23. The Gang of Four Emerges

24. The Tiananmen Incident of 1976

25. The Last Days of Chairman Mao

Conclusion

Glossary of Names and Identities

A Note on Sources

Notes

Bibliography

Illustration Credits

Index

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sue2011, October 4, 2006 (view all comments by sue2011)
Written by two scholars on Mao and his cultural revolution, this book is much more balanced than Mao the unknown story. It gives very detailed study on the period. Great read, but it has not said enough about this: What is the Chinese communist government? A government or something else? But one other great book, China's global reach: markets, multinationals and globalization, by Chinese commentator George Zhibin Gu, says this: China's government is a self-server and even a squeezer. This answers many issues that are raised in Mao's last revolution. Anyway, both books are great read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780674023321
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Subject:
History
Author:
Schoenhals, Michael
Author:
MacFarquhar, Roderick
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
China - History - Cultural Revolution, 1966-
Subject:
World History - China
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
August 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
57 halftones
Pages:
752
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.375 in

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Product details 752 pages Belknap Press - English 9780674023321 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Roderick MacFarquhar and Michael Schoenhals have performed a great service in providing a masterful history of this important — and puzzling — event....MacFarquhar and Schoenhals have respected the limits of their data, and have more scrupulously left Mao an enigma." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Review" by , "[MacFarquhar and Schoenhals's] account is authoritative, and presented with powerful narrative sweep.... They deftly guide the reader....And through all that, the authors note the impact of events on ordinary citizens."
"Review" by , "While the authors present a painstakingly detailed account of interactions among the top leaders and their proxies in Beijing...they leave many of the most significant questions for the sociologists, political scientists and the Chinese people themselves."
"Review" by , "[A] fascinating study of Mao's colossal, yet cunning, misadventure. But it may leave some readers fatigued, with too many faceless names and a narrative that is at times chronologically disjointed. The introduction and conclusion, however, offer context and much food for thought."
"Synopsis" by , In a masterly book, Roderick MacFarquhar and Michael Schoenhals explain why Mao launched the Cultural Revolution, and show his Machiavellian role in masterminding it. In often horrifying detail, they document the Hobbesian state that ensued. 57 halftone photos.
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