Mao's Last Revolution

Michael Schoenhals, Roderick MacFarquhar

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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.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBelknap Press of Harvard University Press
ISBN (Print)0-674-02332-3, 978-0-674-02332-1
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • History and Archaeology

Free keywords

  • History
  • China
  • Mao Zedong
  • Cultural Revolution


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