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The Chinese concept of the cadre is rooted in Leninism and similarly refers to small elites of professional revolutionaries who operate in a partially conspiratorial fashion, who subject themselves to the principles of democratic centralism, and who possess the scientific world-view and knowledge of historical developmental principles that are required for leading the insufficiently politicized masses to revolutionary combat. The concept was adopted in China during the early 20th century, since it promised to …

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Scharping, Thomas, “Cadres”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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