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Ideology and Politics at Top and Bottom: Commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Cultural Revolution

Ideology and Politics at Top and Bottom: Commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Cultural... 6 China Review International: Vol. 21, No. 1, 2014 Andrew Walder. China under Mao: A Revolution Derailed. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015. xiv, 413 pp. Hardcover $49.95, isbn 978-0-674-05815-6. Yiching Wu. The Cultural Revolution at the Margins: Chinese Socialism in Crisis. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014. xxii, 335 pp. Hardcover $52.50, isbn 978-0-674-72879-0. The year 2016 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. While its commemoration will likely be sidestepped if not completely suppressed in China due to its highly sensitive and controversial nature, a series of books and articles are expected to come out from outside the PRC to address its historical significance and continued relevance today. Andrew Walder and Yiching Wu in their respective books explore the Chinese Revolution, particularly the Cultural Revolution, from quite different angles, contributing to the ongoing debate about China's revolutionary legacy with a potency especially visible at the moment when China's postrevolutionary transformation seems to stand at a crossroads. Although Walder's book encompasses the entire Mao era from 1949 to 1976, more than one third (five out of fourteen chapters) of the book is dedicated to the Cultural Revolution. The assessment of the Cultural Revolution constitutes a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Ideology and Politics at Top and Bottom: Commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Cultural Revolution

China Review International , Volume 21 (1) – Aug 3, 2016

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6 China Review International: Vol. 21, No. 1, 2014 Andrew Walder. China under Mao: A Revolution Derailed. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015. xiv, 413 pp. Hardcover $49.95, isbn 978-0-674-05815-6. Yiching Wu. The Cultural Revolution at the Margins: Chinese Socialism in Crisis. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014. xxii, 335 pp. Hardcover $52.50, isbn 978-0-674-72879-0. The year 2016 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. While its commemoration will likely be sidestepped if not completely suppressed in China due to its highly sensitive and controversial nature, a series of books and articles are expected to come out from outside the PRC to address its historical significance and continued relevance today. Andrew Walder and Yiching Wu in their respective books explore the Chinese Revolution, particularly the Cultural Revolution, from quite different angles, contributing to the ongoing debate about China's revolutionary legacy with a potency especially visible at the moment when China's postrevolutionary transformation seems to stand at a crossroads. Although Walder's book encompasses the entire Mao era from 1949 to 1976, more than one third (five out of fourteen chapters) of the book is dedicated to the Cultural Revolution. The assessment of the Cultural Revolution constitutes a

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Published: Aug 3, 2016

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