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The Origins of the Cultural Revolution. 1: Contradictions Among the People 1956-1957
The Origins of the Cultural Revolution. 1: Contradictions Among the People 1956-1957
By Roderick Macfarquhar
Columbia University Press (for the Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1974, 439 pp
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The first volume of a projected three-part history, this work deals with the first turn in China away from the Soviet model and with the period in which 100 flowers were to bloom, 100 schools of thought to contend. It is gracefully written and comprehensively researched.