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Cultural Revolution
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Mao Zedong, who launched the Cultural Revolution in 1966, never produced an extended systematic and credible explanation of what this political super-movement was meant to achieve. All he left behind were scattered and often conflicting remarks indicating a general sense of purpose. The Cultural Revolution was to prevent the emergence, in China, of what he called Soviet-style revisioni…

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Schoenhals, Michael, “Cultural Revolution”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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