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Yan Jiaqi, one of the principal leaders of China's pro-democracy movement, and his wife, Gao Gao, a noted sociologist, set out to write a comprehensive narrative account of the Great Proletariat Cultural Revolution, which occurred in the second decade after Mao Zedong and his comrades came to power. It appeared in Hong Kong in 1986, and was quickly banned by the Communist government. Not surprisingly, censorship and restricted circulation in China resulted in underground reproduction and serialization. The work was thus widely read, coveted, and appreciated by a populace who had just freed itself from the cultural drought and political dread of the event. Yan and Gao later spent two years revising and expanding their work. The present volume, Turbulent Decade: A History of the Cultural Revolution, is based on the revised edition and has been masterfully edited and translated by D.W.Y. Kwok in consultation with the authors. It makes available for the first time in English Yan and Gao's remarkable record of the traumatic Cultural Revolution decade and remains the only single-volume narrative history of the revolution written from an independent and personal perspective. It is a sweeping historical account, notable for its moral courage, for its empathy, for the significance of the questions it addresses, and for its sobering, ultimately tragic view of human behavior.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. p. iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-ix
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  1. Translator’s Preface
  2. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xix
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  1. Preface to the Revised Edition
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Preface to the First Edition
  2. pp. xxiii-xxv
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  1. Introduction: The Genesis of the Cultural Revolution
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. PART ONE: The “Need for More Personality Cult” [Includes Figures 1-23]
  2. pp. 8-22
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  1. Chapter 1: Criticizing Hai Rui Dismissed from Office
  2. pp. 23-38
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  1. Chapter 2: The Struggle around the Question of the Work Groups
  2. pp. 39-55
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  1. Chapter 3: The Rise of the Red Guards and the Cult of the Individual
  2. pp. 56-64
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  1. Chapter 4: “Declaring War onthe Old World”
  2. pp. 65-84
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  1. Chapter 5: Nationwide Networking
  2. pp. 85-92
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  1. Chapter 6: “Bombarding the Command Post”
  2. pp. 93-100
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  1. Chapter 7: Currents of Boycott and Resistance
  2. pp. 101-115
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  1. Chapter 8: From “Down with Tao Zhu” to Retaliating against the February Adverse Current
  2. pp. 116-132
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  1. Chapter 9: Drowning amidst Struggles
  2. pp. 133-151
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  1. Chapter 10: The Last Days of Liu Shaoqi
  2. pp. 152-165
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  1. PART TWO: The Rise and Fall of Lin Biao [Includes figures 24-30]
  2. pp. 166-178
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  1. Chapter 11: A Shortcut to the Peak of Power
  2. pp. 179-183
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  1. Chapter 12: Eliminating Opponents of the Peak Theory
  2. pp. 184-192
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  1. Chapter 13: Climbing the Leadership Ladder
  2. pp. 193-196
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  1. Chapter 14: The Frenzy of False Accusations and Persecutions
  2. pp. 197-247
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  1. Chapter 15: Shackling, Attacking, and Oppressing the People
  2. pp. 248-284
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  1. Chapter 16: Lin Biao’s Rein on theArmed Forces
  2. pp. 285-301
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  1. Chapter 17: The Lushan Conference[1970]
  2. pp. 302-309
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  1. Chapter 18: The United Flotilla and the 5–7–1 Project
  2. pp. 310-317
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  1. Chapter 19: The Failure of the Lin Biao Coup
  2. pp. 318-326
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  1. Chapter 20: The September 13 Incident and Death of Lin Biao
  2. pp. 327-335
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  1. PART THREE: Jiang Qing and the Politics of the Cultural Revolution [Figures 41-62]
  2. pp. 336-350
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  1. Chapter 21: New Life Created by the Cultural Revolution
  2. pp. 351-355
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  1. Chapter 22: Special Cases, Forced Confessions, Fabricated Proof
  2. pp. 356-365
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  1. Chapter 23: Erasing the Stains of the 1930s
  2. pp. 366-374
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  1. Chapter 24: Escalation of Armed Struggle
  2. pp. 375-395
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  1. Chapter 25: Arts Criticism and the “Revolution of Beijing Opera”
  2. pp. 396-402
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  1. Chapter 26: The September 13 Incident and the “Trough”
  2. pp. 403-429
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  1. Chapter 27: “Criticize Lin Biao,Confucius, and the Duke of Zhou”
  2. pp. 430-452
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  1. Chapter 28: Deng Xiaoping’s Overall Rectification
  2. pp. 453-481
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  1. Chapter 29: The Tiananmen Square Incident [1976]
  2. pp. 482-503
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  1. Chapter 30: The Downfall of the Gang of Four
  2. pp. 504-528
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  1. Concluding Remarks
  2. pp. 529-532
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 533-562
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 563-578
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  1. Authors' Bibliography
  2. pp. 579-610
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  1. Selected Further Readings
  2. pp. 611-614
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824865313
Related ISBN
9780824816957
MARC Record
OCLC
45842992
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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